COIN will controversially become the first town in Andalucia to ban Islamic religious headwear.
Officials from the socialist-led town hall are set to ban burkas and niqabs from public buildings on June 28.
Mayor Gabriel Clavijo branded the clothing “humiliating for women” and insisted that public institutions should no longer “remain passive”.
“We haven’t come up with this idea to penalise people, nor it is it intended as a repressive measure,” explained Clavijo.
“It is about opening a debate and taking a coherent initiative regarding equality.”
“We haven’t come up with this idea to penalise people, nor it is it intended as a repressive measure.”
Coin officially counts on a Muslim population of 3000 people, attracted by the construction boom of the 90s.
Clavijo claimed that he has recently witnessed a “radicalisation” of the Muslim population.
He cited the fact that increasing numbers of women have been forced to drop out of the Spanish lessons provided by the town hall.
However, he insisted that those in breach of the forthcoming legislation will not be hit with fines.
Local expat Stephen Tiley, boss of currency company Moneycorp, who lives near Coin, said: “It sounds like Clavijo must be on pretty safe ground as I’ve never seen a Burka in Coin.
“And if there really are 3000 Muslims in the Coin area they are keeping a low profile so this legislation seems pointless anyway.”
Coin will follow in the footsteps of a number of Catalan municipalities which have already implemented the Islamic headwear bans.
The Olive Press reported in April that an Islamic girl was suspended for wearing a hijab to school in Madrid.
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