Rabat - Thirty fully dressed women swam on the beaches of Douarnenez in solidarity with the thirty women arrested for wearing the burkini in France.
Rabat – Thirty fully dressed women swam on the beaches of Douarnenez in solidarity with the thirty women arrested for wearing the burkini in France.
The women were dressed in headscarves, long dresses and djellabas. and swam in the waters of Dames beach in Douarnenez, located in north-western France, on Sunday afternoon.
The initiate was undertaken as a movement of unity with all the women recently arrested for burkini-related issues across different French beaches.
“The idea came about during the cinema festival,” a participant named Françoise told the French daily news source Ouest-France. She added that they wanted to “express their solidarity with wear the burkini but cannot swim.”
A short video posted by the news source shows the thirty women from different age groups swimming and frolicking on the beach.
The initiative came in the midst of a huge controversy in France following the burka ban, after pictures of four policemen in France forcing a woman to take off her clothes caused a tremendous uproar.
The burkini ban was finally suspended last week when France’s highest court, the Council of State, declared the outlaw of the Islamic beachwear as a violation of freedom of expression that has no legal basis.
Edited by Natalie Yazhary