The Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia has provisionally suspended the ban on wearing the burqa (or other garments that cover the face) in municipal buildings of Lleida (Catalonia) until a sentence is passed on the appeal that the Islamic association “Watani” interposed against the ban.
Lleida City Council approved the ban on wearing the burqa in public buildings on 8 October 2010. The ban was appealed by the Islamic association “Watani” of Lleida, considering that it threatened fundamental rights.
September 10, 2010
Last Friday the Islamic communities of Spain celebrated the end of Ramadan. Usually, the local government let different public spaces for the main Islamic celebrations. In Lleida (Catalonia), for example, more than 3,000 Muslims met in a local sport hall. The media reported Islamic celebration at different locations as Zaragoza, Granada, Murcia or Melilla. In the autonomous city of Ceuta, the celebration showed the division between the members of UCIDCE and the members of the Islamic communities that are supporters of the Morocco government. Each group celebrated the end of Ramadan in different spaces.
The banning of the burqa and niqab in Lleida (Catalonia) has led to similar initiatives in other Catalonian towns. In El Vendrell and in Reus (both in the province of Tarragona), the Catalonian nationalist party Convergència I Unió (CIU) has called for the banning of the burqa and the niqab, following the steps taken by Lleida.
In Tarragona, which the Socialist Party governs, the Popular Party has said that it will also promote a similar initiative.
In Tárrega and Cervera (both in the province of Lleida), similar initiatives have arisen.