[DEBATE] : Somali forces ban women's veils
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Thu May 10 20:10:47 BST 2007
The Islamic courts order women to wear them. The puppets order them not to. Somali sisters should shoot the next asshole that trys to give them orders -- and keep shooting them until the assholes stop.
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Somali forces ban women's veils
Veiled Somali women during a demonstration called by the Islamic Courts in Mogadishu in December [EPA]
Somali security forces have begun seizing and even burning Muslim women's face veils in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, official sources and witnesses say.
The Western-backed government's crackdown on veils is an attempt to stop Union of Islamic Courts fighters disguising themselves in order to carry out attacks, officials said on Wednesday.
When the city was under the Islamic Courts' control in the second half of 2006, women were ordered to cover their heads.
Backed by Ethiopian troops, tanks and warplanes, Somali forces ousted the Islamic Courts' leaders in January and are trying to secure the capital after a surge of fighting.
Ali Nur, a police officer, told Reuters on Wednesday: "Every policeman and government soldier has orders to confiscate veils from veiled women."
"As long as the Ethiopian troops are on Somalian soil I don't think this war torn country can secure peace"
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He said the order had been issued after several recent attacks had been carried out by people in disguise.
"Some of the remnants of the Islamic Courts have been caught wearing veils. During the war, these remnants, pretending to be women, killed so many government troops."
Most Somali women traditionally cover their heads but leave their faces unveiled.
Officials say some suicide attacks have been carried out by men disguised under full face-veils, known as indhasharer in Somali.
A Reuters witness saw several veiled women running away from police on Wednesday.
Near the main Tarbuunka Square, a Somali woman was seen removing her face covering before approaching a government checkpoint where one soldier clutched several of the black veils, which cover the face and leave only the eyes visible.
Mogadishu residents said government troops and police had been forcibly removing face veils and publicly destroying them.
A senior cleric, who declined to be named for fear of reprisals, urged the government to be sensitive.
"If the government is unveiling women out of security concerns, then I think it is acceptable. However, this can raise public anger," he told Reuters.
"The government has to undertake it very carefully. They should use women to frisk and unveil women, not men."
Also on Wednesday, government and Ethiopian troops handed over quantities of captured weapons, including anti-tank mines and rocket-propelled grenades, to African Union peacekeeping troops, saying they were seized from a fighters' stronghold overnight.
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