Netherlands: Police and transport companies refuse to enforce ban on burqa and niqab

Just another small episode in the long, sad tale of the decline and death of free societies in Europe. The burqa and niqab have been used many times by criminals to conceal their identities as they commit crimes, and they are symbols of an authoritarian, supremacist belief system that mandates the conquest and subjugation of those who hold other beliefs. Also, untold numbers of women around the world have been brutalized or even killed for refusing to wear garments like these. The Netherlands was, not too very long, such a beautiful little country.

“Dutch ‘burqa ban’ rendered largely unworkable on first day,” by Daniel Boffey, Guardian

The Netherlands’ so-called burqa ban has been rendered largely unworkable on its first day in law after both the police and Dutch transport companies signalled an unwillingness to enforce it.

Under the terms of the Partial Ban on Face-Covering Clothing Act, the wearing of ski masks, full-face helmets, balaclavas, niqabs and burqas is prohibited in public buildings including schools and hospitals and on public transport.

Wearers of the banned clothing are to be given the option to remove the offending item or face a police fine of between €150 and €415. There is no prohibition on wearing such garments in the street.

But the law appears to have been fatally undermined after police said its enforcement was not a priority and signalled their discomfort with the idea that veiled women could be put off from entering a police station to make unrelated complaints.

Transport companies said in a response to the police position that they would not ask their staff on trains, metros, trams or buses to take on an enforcement role in the absence of officers.

Pedro Peters, a spokesman for the RET transport network, said the law was unworkable. “The police have told us the ban is not a priority and that therefore they will not be able to respond inside the usual 30 minutes, if at all,” he said.

“This means that if a person wearing a burqa or a niqab is challenged trying to use a service, our staff will have no police backup to adjudicate on what they should do. It is not up to transport workers to impose the law and hand out fines.”

Staff have been instructed to advise women wearing face-covering clothing of the law but to allow entry.

With confusion reigning, an editorial in the conservative Algemeen Dagblad newspaper caused an uproar by suggesting that those “bothered” by the wearing of the prohibited clothing could make a citizen’s arrest, a position confirmed by the national police on Twitter….

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