STAFF REPORTER
PALMA'S Mayor, Aina Calvo said yesterday that she believes that it should be a decision of the national government as to whether or not the wearing of the face-covering burkha should be banned, and not one to be taken at a local town council level.

Calvo saw fit to add however, that she had no evidence that there had any been major conflict in Palma over the issue or that the wearing of the burkha was one of the top preoccupations of Balearic citizens. Her comments came in response to calls from the Majorcan Unionist party on Palma City Council for her to act within a maximum of six months to stop women of the Islamic faith having the right to cover their faces in municipal buildings or in other public places.

Calvo was clear however, that as Spain had spent many years “fighting for equality”, no symbols or items of clothing should be allowed which indicate that a woman did not have the same rights under national law as a man, and was therefore inferior.

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