September 14, 2010
The parliament of the canton of Aargau has voted a motion addressed to the federal government calling for a ban of burqas in public spaces. The motion was supported by right-wing parties, while the Socialist head of the Interior Department, Urs Hofmann, stated that it “brought nothing new in terms of security” and was “purely ideological.”
Already in May the parliament of Aargau had brought attention upon itself for having voted for an initiative from the far-right to ban the burqa. The parliamentary security commission criticized the idea, calling it “totally unjustified” to want to ban an article of clothing that is practically not worn in Switzerland.