A Plovdiv municipal councillor for the nationalist VMRO party arrived at a May 26 council meeting wearing a burqa in protest against the council's earlier rejection of a proposed ban on the concealing garment.

Nina Gyosheva, one of nine Patriotic Front councillors in Plovdiv's 51-member council, told reporters that she had entered the council building and chamber without any of the council security staff asking for her ID, even though her face was hidden.

Gyosheva said that it was "absurd" to wear such clothing in public.

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