A Danish member of parliament on Thursday sparked angry reactions after comparing the Muslim head scarf, hejab, to a "totalitarian symbol" like the swastika.
Soren Krarup, a theologian and member of parliament for the populist Danish People's Party, made the remark in an interview published in Thursday's edition of the newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
He repeated in parliament that he stood by his views that "the head scarf is a totalitarian symbol comparable with totalitarian symbols we know from the Nazis and Communism."
The remarks proved too contentious for members of other parties that protested during a debate on some aspects of the current immigration legislation. One parliamentarian was warned for using abusive language against Krarup during the exchange.
The Danish People's Party provides backing to Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen's minority centre-right government.
Source: IOL (English)
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