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Hijab-wearing election worker says she was told to keep quiet while voter compared niqabs to gorilla mask
by Victor Ferreira
Samira Warsame said she felt like an animal on election day when she was working at a Toronto polling station and her supervisors told her to "be quiet" after a voter compared the niqab to a gorilla mask.
When Warsame, who was wearing a hijab, not a niqab, tried to defend Islam, her Elections Canada supervisor and another woman accused her of being partisan. She says she was silenced.
"They took my voice away from me," a crying Warsame said. "It wasn't just me he was attacking, it was the whole Muslim community."
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