Nov 26 2010
The Newtown mural of a woman in a full-face Muslim covering with a strike symbol over her face and the words ‘Say No to the Burqa’ is the subject of an anti-discrimination complaint as HAGS IN BAGS demand their ‘right’ to wear the cloth coffin.
SMH– Cigdem Aydemir, 27, a Muslim, artist and high-school art teacher, said she felt ”completely offended and insulted” when she saw the mural pop up in her neighbourhood. (Awww, well that’s how people feel when they see Muslims in body bags walking around the streets.
The work of a local artist, Sergio Redegalli, the piece adorns a wall of his studio facing the street and the busy rail line.
”My sister-in-law wears a burqa … my mother wears a veil,” she said. ”I wore a veil for 10 years of my life. I think everyone has the right to wear whatever they want on their body and that kind of diversity needs to be protected.” (Go back where you came from and tell them that)
Aydemir went to the police and then the council to try to make the complaint, but as the mural was painted on private property neither could intervene. She lodged her concerns with the Anti-Discrimination Board, who this week notified Redegalli. (Here we go – legal jihad now working its anti-West agenda in Australia)
He said he had painted it to open debate about the burqa, but now felt his right to freedom of expression was on the line. ”There’s a problem about the right to free expression, the loss of the ability to say something without instantly being branded a racist,” Redegalli said. He cited a number of reasons for his opposition to the garment, including concerns about security and the rise of Islamic extremism in Australia.
”There’s thousands that can say we don’t actually feel comfortable about this – that’s not being taken seriously,” he said. But Aydemir said: ”It’s Islamophobic; it’s feeding the racist and sexist attitudes we have in our society.” (It isn’t Islamophobic to be afraid of people who want to kill you and take over your country, bitch)
The image has drawn fire from locals, and has been defaced at least 20 times. The former Marrickville mayor, Sam Iskander, said in September the mural ”goes against the values which the Marrickville community has believed in and practised for generations.’‘ (NOOOOOOOOOO, it is Muslim who go against Australian values, just by breathing)