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Italian politician faces jail for anti-burqa protest
A Milan prosecutor has requested a one-month prison sentence and €100 fine for Daniela Santanchè, a right-wing politician and ex-leader of the Movement for Italy party, now a faction of Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom party, for organizing an anti-burqa protest in 2009 without permission.
Santanchè protested against the burqa as 3,000 Muslims gathered to celebrate the end of Ramadan at Milan's La Fabbrica del Vapore, a cultural centre, in September 2009.
Santanchè, along with 12 other activists, reportedly asked women entering the building to "uncover their face". She also called on Italian police to apply a law that has been in place since the 1970s forbidding any dress that hides a person's face.
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