- Alexander Van Der Bellen suggested all women must one day wear headscarves
- Comments come after Austria government banned full-face veil in January
Austria’s left-leaning president Alexander Van Der Bellen has suggested all women must one day wear headscarves to combat Islamophobia.
The green-backed independent triumphed over his populist right-wing rival Norbert Hofer in December after an unprecedented repeat vote.
During a talk to students Mr Van der Bellen suggested all women should wear a headscarf in solidarity with Muslims.
Speaking at The House of the European Union in Vienna, he said: ‘It is the right of a woman – do men wear headscarves too? – to dress herself however she wants. That is my opinion about it.
‘Besides that, not only Muslim women. Every woman can wear a headscarf. And if it goes on – and I am already on the next question – with actual rampant Islamophobia, the day will come that we must ask all women to wear a headscarf.
‘All out of solidarity with those who have to on religious grounds.’
Mr Van der Bellen suggested all women should wear a headscarf in solidarity with Muslims
Austria banned the burqa, niqab and other face-covering veils earlier this year…
- Austrian president Alexander Van der Bellen wants ALL women to wear a headscarf (subtitles)