Reports: Morocco stops sale, production of full-face veil

Local media has reported that factories across Morocco were made to stop manufacturing burqas, while shops have been told to liquidate inventories. The Interior Ministry cited security concerns as grounds for the move.

Authorities in Morocco have prohibited both the manufacture and sale of the burqa for security reasons, local media has reported. Although there has been no official announcement from the government concerning the move, the new measures are set to take affect as soon as next week.

“We have taken the step of completely banning the import, manufacture and marketing of this garment in all the cities and towns of the kingdom,” news website “Le360” wrote, quoting a source in the Interior Ministry.

The source said the decision had been made for safety reasons, adding that “bandits have repeatedly used this garment to perpetrate their crimes.”

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