Dec 3 2013
The absurdity of this charge is clear. In 2011, Italy was hailed as the country most likely to become the next European Union member to introduce a burqa ban, after parliament announced it would debate legislation after the summer recess.
Europe Online Daniela Santanche, a well-known Italian right-wing politician was fined Monday for staging a protest against the wearing of burqas and other Islamic veils for women.
Santanche, a leading member of the conservative Forza Italia party of former premier Silvio Berlusconi, organized the action in Milan four years ago, outside a building where Muslims were holding end-of-Ramadan prayers. She was handed a four-day jail sentence and a 100-euro (135-dollar) fine for not warning police about her protest. The punishment was converted into a 1,100-euro fine.
The politician criticized the ruling and said she would appeal. Courts also slapped a 2,500-euro fine on an Egyptian man who punched Santanche during her protest.
Santanche’ was running a campaign in Italy to expose the burqua and veil as oppressive to women. She took the fight to the front line , entering a muslim ‘prayer meeting’ and asking to speak to some women to tell them they were being oppressed by a male-dominated regime masquerading as a religion, and was subsequently attacked.
In 2006, when she was given a police escort after being threatened by an imam, Santanche said that “the veil is a symbol of women‘s submission.” She also wrote a critical book on the condition of Muslim women.
Fearless leader of ‘Forza Italia (Movement for Italy), hot tempered Daniela Santanchè rails about the Prophet Muhammad’s sexual perversions which enraged a Muslim in the audience, who had to be restrained.
Santanche is the outspoken Italian political leader has long engaged in a battle for integration and against Islamic fundamentalism. She was recently assaulted for protesting against the burka.