A Small group of Muslims held a demonstration outside the Belgian embassy in Dublin at the weekend in protest at moves by the Belgian parliament to outlaw the public wearing of face veils.

The lower house of the Belgian parliament recently voted in favour of the proposed law which, while not specifically banning the burqa and niqab, would prohibit the wearing of such items by calling for penalties for those who appear in public with their face hidden or masked.

Less than 50 people took part in the protest outside the embassy in Ballsbridge. Muslims from countries including Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and Turkey participated. There were also a number of Irish converts to Islam in attendance.

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