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Ku Klux Klan Garb, Muslim Burka, Moto Helmet Used in Australian Protest

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 08:46 AM

Men dressed as a Ku Klux Klan member, a Muslim woman, and a motorcycle rider entered Australian Parliament on Monday, and all three were asked to remove their face coverings.

The men were activists attempting to protest Parliament's recent revocation of a partial ban on burkas, niqabs, and other face covers worn by Muslim women.

"It seems you're allowed to wear a full face covering into Parliament if you're a Muslim woman but no other group is allowed to have that same privilege," one of the activists, Sergio Redegalli, told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Redegalli, along with fellow activists Nick Folkes and Victor Waterson, called their protest "Faceless," and said that if Muslim women are allowed to cover their faces inside the Parliament building, anyone else should be able to as well.

The Department of Parliamentary Services said in a statement that the men were not allowed to wear their KKK hood, burka, or motorcycle helmet inside because they were considered "protest paraphernalia" in the context of their direct action.

The protest stemmed from an ongoing debate about the role of burkas in Australian society. Some say they are a religious right that should not be infringed upon under any circumstance, some say there are circumstances where it's inappropriate, and some think they are a symbol of women's repression in every context.

On October 2, the presiding officers of Parliament disallowed people wearing facial coverings from sitting in the public galleries, and set aside a separate area for them to sit. They also required those with face coverings to remove them temporarily to go through security upon entering the building.

Last Monday, after many decried the segregation and accused Parliament of religious intolerance, the rule was revoked.

Upon the staging of the new "Faceless" protest, Nationals MP George Christensen, one of the backers of the original rule, called out leftists on Twitter. He accused them of hypocrisy for defending the face coverings of Muslim women, but not of others.



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