South East Wales

Thirty at protest in Cardiff against 'anti-Islam laws'

Muslims protest in Cardiff
Image caption The group gathered in Cardiff city centre with placards and banners

Around 30 people gathered to demonstrate against what they describe as "anti-Islamic" laws in Europe.

The protest, organised by Wales-based Islamic organisation Ummah of Muhammad, aimed to highlight an "ideological attack" on Islam.

Last year Switzerland voted to ban the building of new minarets, while France is debating a ban on the Islamic veil.

Organisers leafleted mosques to rally support and had hoped to attract people from across south Wales.

Organiser Muhammad Abu Yaffir said: "Wherever Muslims feel pain anywhere in the world it is our responsibility to respond to their needs.

"The laws being proposed are a form of oppression and we will respond to this oppression."

As well as law reform in Switzerland and France, Belgium's lower house of parliament voted for a law that would ban women from wearing the full Islamic face veil in public earlier this year.

Barcelona is the first large Spanish city to announce a ban on the wearing of full Islamic face veils in some public spaces.

According to the 2001 Census there were approximately 22,000 muslims living in Wales.

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