This mural has appeared in the trendy Sydney suburb of Newtown.
Ban the burqa mural ‘not anti-Muslim’ says artist
Note the dumb, disparaging slant by reporter Henry Budd. He also finds it necessary to mention that Â “2000 Muslims held a peaceful protest in Lakemba”….. (no s#*t, really?)
Glass sculptor Sergio Redegalli outside his studio in Newtown, today, where he has painted a mural saying no to burqas
A MURAL urging governments to outlaw the burqa has appeared in the trendy inner-city suburb of Newtown.
Local artist Sergio Redegalli painted the “Say no to burqas” sign on the outside of workshop this week to start a debate about the practice of wearing face-covering veils.
Redegalli said burqas and niqabs are symbols of religious extremism and were becoming more prevalent in Australia.
He said the image was not anti-Muslim, anti-Islam or anti-women.
“If you let it [the practice of covering your face] go, someone, somewhere down the line will say we would like Sharia Law,” he said.
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Mr Redegalli said the image has already been defaced twice since he began painting it on Monday.
Mr Redegalli also drives a ute with stickers on the front saying “Australians have nothing to hide, say no to burqas”.
About 2000 Muslims held a peaceful protest in Lakemba last Saturday, angered by growing local and international pressure to restrict the wearing of veils in public.
The rally was a response to recent bans in Europe and two failed attempts by Christian Democratic Party MP Fred Nile to have a Bill banning burqas and other face veils in public introduced in the NSW Legislative Council.