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First city bans face veils in Spain

MADRID (WKOW) -- The Spanish city of Lleida is the first in the country to ban women from wearing face-covering Islamic veils inside its municipal buildings.

The city passed the ban Friday with 23 votes. 

The gesture is largely symbolic, because town hall spokeswoman Inma Martos said only about 3 percent of the population is Muslim and only a handful of Muslim women in Lleida actually wear body-covering burqas or face-covering niqab garments.


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