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'Equality matters more than religious freedom'
by Alex Dunham, Angel Ros, and Carlos Antolí Mendez
Spain's Supreme Court recently overturned a ban on burqas in the Catalonian town of Lleida (Lérida), saying the prohibition contravened European human rights treaties. In Opinion this week, we listen to two key players.
The case for the burqa ban: Angel Ros, Lleida's mayor who successfully banned the burqa in 2010
"I'm proud that Lleida is the first city in Spain to fight against something that is discriminatory against women," told Spanish daily El Mundo.
Back in 2010, Ros admitted that the ban restricted the choice of Muslim women. But he also argued it was a way of "teaching each of these women, and society in general, that there are efforts being made to guarantee equality, solidarity and freedom.
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