Austria’s liberal president sparked outrage for suggesting that, in the future, headscarves will need to be worn by ALL women in a show of solidarity against Islamophobia.
The comments by the far-left Alexander Van der Bellen, who was sworn in as president in January, came to light this week as a video from weeks ago aired featuring the president at a roundtable discussion with students.
“Besides that, not only Muslim women. Every woman can wear a headscarf,” he said in a segment broadcast on state television on Tuesday.
“And if it goes on – and I am already on the next question – with actual rampant Islamophobia, the day will come that we must ask all women to wear a headscarf – all women – out of solidarity towards those who do it for religious reasons.”
— Gluteus Maximus (@LordFartVader) April 28, 2017
The Green Party-backed Austrian president defeated Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer, his populist far-right opponent, in a December repeat presidential vote.
“It is the right of a woman – do men wear headscarves too? – to dress herself however she wants. That is my opinion about it,” Van der Bellen, whose role as president is mainly symbolic, said at The House of the European Union in Vienna, according to the Daily Mail.
— Foreign Confidential (@ForeignC) April 27, 2017
?AUSTRIA: Leftist President says that all women will 1 day have to wear headscarves in solidarity with Muslims to fight rampant Islamophobia pic.twitter.com/falOWW2GrE
— Behind The News (@Behind__News) April 27, 2017
Earlier this year, Austria under the ruling Social Democratic party and the center-right Austrian People’s party, banned face-covering veils like the burqa in public spaces.
Van der Bellen’s remarks enraged social media users who fired off scathing responses on Twitter. Interestingly, feminists were surprisingly silent.
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Good thing that Austria rejected the “far-right” extremist Norbert Hofer and voted for Mr. Bellen in last election ! https://t.co/hjio5fCDuD
— PeterSweden (@PeterSweden7) April 27, 2017
Austria’s Far-Left President Has Lost All Sense – Why Not Require Everyone To Wear A Cross Instead? https://t.co/9NI34NVypu
— Don Pewtress (@pewdrdad) April 27, 2017
@scrowder Sad but true! He really said that! Fortunately he is facing the greatest shitstorm of all times!
— Michael Grünling (@MGruenling) April 26, 2017
AUSTRIA, “ALL WONEM MUST WEAR HEAD SCARVES” PROGRESSING BACKWARDS INTO FASCISM AGAIN! https://t.co/hqzDr8tejo
— LW (@LightWarrior360) April 28, 2017
@Independent So to fight Islamophobia we comply to Sharia? Right on…?
— Judith (@JudeM13) April 28, 2017
The president of Austria claims of all Austrian women to wear headscarves as an sign of solidarity!it is unbelievable! pic.twitter.com/fYFiPFOnJp
— Hans-Peter (@HansPet10307524) April 26, 2017
— Klynne (@kltevc) April 27, 2017
— Peter Schaffhauser (@PETEthaMEAT) April 28, 2017
— Storm Is Coming (@stormiscoming63) April 27, 2017
@C_LaVergne_ @PrisonPlanet Dear God what is wrong with these people? It makes no sense!
— Bonjo (@Bonjo55979182) April 27, 2017
@Independent “says politician”
That “politician” was the Austrian president.
— Unironically Liberal (@LangesHolz) April 28, 2017
@PrisonPlanet Where’s all the marching pussy hat wearing feminists? Why aren’t they demanding an end to the hijab and sharia? Blows my mind they love it
— Lewis P (@toneloque) April 27, 2017
@PrisonPlanet I would rather see Europe destroyed by a nuclear holocaust that see this kind of Europe come out of the EU & Islamic migration!
— Samuel M. Buick (@SocialBuick) April 27, 2017
— ❥Nicolette Siriwong (@nicocosiriwong) April 27, 2017
@PrisonPlanet Not a goddam chance of that here in the US. Euro leaders have gone full-blown Treason rather than respect their own people and cultures.
— Jason Tomczak (@JasonTomczak) April 27, 2017
@PrisonPlanet Rise up women. It’s your last chance.
— Rhonda Osman (@OsmanRhonda) April 27, 2017
@adudeinaplace2 I don’t feel bad. Austria had the chance to elect a far right leader but were cucks. Now they deal with the consequences.
— Daldoren (@DaldorenGaming) April 26, 2017
@scrowder Something tells me this isn’t going to help quell islamophobia
— ragegun (@_ragegun) April 26, 2017
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