Recording Confirms that Muslim Women who Cover their Faces will be Denied Right to Vote in Montreal Municipal Elections

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Recording Confirms that Muslim Women who Cover their Faces will be Denied Right to Vote in Montreal Municipal Elections

Montreal, 30 October 2017 — As Montreal prepares to vote in municipal elections on Sunday, a recording reveals that election officials are being trained to refuse Muslim women who cover their faces for religious reasons.

In the recording of a training session that was circulated on social media over the weekend, trainees are told that electors with their faces covered must be turned away unless they have approved medical reasons for covering their faces.

A trainee is heard questioning her instructor asking, “You will refuse someone who comes to vote in a Burka?”

“Definitely. … That’s the way the law is. … If you don’t do it, you are not doing your job,” replies the instructor in French.

The full recording can be heard here.

The Collectif contre la loi 62 is calling on the public to picket local polling stations on Sunday in solidarity with women who will be denied their right to vote.

Quebec’s Liberal Party passed Bill 62 into law on October 18th, 2017. The Bill requires one’s face to be uncovered when receiving or giving public services in Quebec. The law will effectively deny Muslim women wearing the Niqab or Burka the ability to work in, or access, public schools and universities, daycares, libraries, hospitals, public transit and any other government department.  

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Contact: anti.racist.femme.bloc@gmail.com

Source: Collectif Contre la Loi 62