The outrage over France’s burkini ban has increased over the last week, after photos emerged of armed French police making a woman on the beach in Nice remove some of her clothing.
Now that several cities in France have banned wearing burkinis–the term coined for the full body swimsuits that many Muslim women wear for modesty–people all over the world are beginning to protest, saying that France’s laws are Islamophobic and infringe on women’s rights.
In London, protesters gathered outside of the French embassy and staged a beach party, bringing in their own sand, beach chairs and beach balls, while holding signs that said things like “Islamophobia is not freedom.” To show solidarity with women in certain parts of France who no longer have a choice in what they can wear to the beach, the protesters wore all types of swimsuits: some wore bikinis, others wore shorts and t-shirts, while many wore burkinis.
Ultimately, the protesters all echoed the same argument, believing that the government does not have the right to tell women what they can or cannot wear.
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