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Complaint lodged over burqa mural

IT HAS become a lightning rod in the public debate about the right of Muslim women to wear the burqa, attracting protests, the censure of a mayor and messages of support from talkback radio.

But now 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.

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.
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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.''

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.

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.''

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''.


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  • If you want to wear a tent on yourself, then do so in a tent friendly country. Cave-people cultures are not welcomed in the West..

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    • Agreed, I saw this some time ago and really agree with it, yep, while in an Islamic country, sure, I have absolutely no problem abiding by the rules of that country, but while in the west, abide by those laws and dont try to change them to suit and to try to change to something that not only is out of date, controlling of women, demeaning of women and human rights but really doesnt work in the west for the values that the west holds.

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    • So, how hard are we willing to work, to preserve our Western values?

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    • "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
      With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
      Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
      The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
      Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
      I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

      ... unless they're fuckin' ragheads, then ship 'em off to gitmo, amirite?

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    • Obviously, some more than others, its not so much as "How Hard" we are willing to work, its more of the fact that do "WE" as a western culture posses the depth of faith, the trust in each other to go as far as needed.
      What surprised me more than anything else over the last couple of years was the AMOUNT of respect Aussies have for their own country, sure, we are a BIG mix of different cultures and people from around the world, but they ALL value Australia and what it repre More..

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  • So we're supposed to have tolerance for oppression?

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  • scumbags need to fuck off back to the desert for that medieval shit they worship.

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  • If they just banned it, then this whole ridicolous debate would just go away.

    In France no one even discusses the Burqa anymore, its illegal and unwelcome by popular demand, simple as that...

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  • Sure, we're expected to tolerate their right to oppress their Women.

    How very progressive.

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  • you don't like it fuck off back to your sand pit goat humpers

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  • Fuck the burqa and the death cult and ANYONE who supports it.
    How's that for free speech?

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  • ~I'm offended when I see a woman in a burqa -WHAT ABOUT MY RIGHTS?????
    Since when is it that in America the minority dictates policy???
    What about it, you idiotic leftist morons???

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  • "It's Islamophobic"

    Oh, boo hoo. If your kooky ass, murderous, so called "religion" wasn't such a human rights atrocity, Islamophobia wouldn't exist. Call me any of the following and I'll wear the label with pride:

    - Islamophobic
    - Rabies-o-phobic
    - HIV-o-phobic
    - Influenza-o-phobic
    - Third world dipsh|t-o-phobic

    Filthy, uncivilized cave people have no business living in western cultures. Deport them all back to their wretched sh|tholes. Piss on those that su More..

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  • leftist elites are what is wrong with America and western culture, these idiot twits have nothing better to do but pollute society and empower criminals.
    Liberalism is a mental disorder

    IMPEACH hUSSIAN oBAMA
    TERM LIMITS FOR ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS
    ABOLISH THE FEDERAL RESERVE

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  • And ISLAM is not a RACE! you dumb mother fuckers. it is a RELIGION/CULT! as all religions are cults!

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  • Why should people tolerate intolerance?

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  • Who cares what offends muslims? Their religion teaches them to hate YOU, and they're going to hate you whether you are nice to them or not. These desert people recognize one thing: force. They don't respond to pandering, ass-kissing and warm fuzzy feelings. It's not in their culture, both the traditional Arab and muslim culture values force and strength, not compromise and weakness. Those in the west who think we can negotiate or compromise, don't know what they're dealing with. Once again, they More..

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  • "IT HAS become a lightning rod in the public debate about the right of Muslim women to wear the burqa"

    And why does nobody mention their right to NOT wear the slave-costume? Because fake-feminist liberals don't actually care about womens' rights. They could not care less that half the Islamic population are subjugated women threatened with violence and death if they remove it.

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  • at first I thought it said

    "Burka Busters"

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  • Maybe everyone should wear the native clothes of the country their ancestors came from. Now that would be fun and colorful if I may say. Talk about multicultural diversity.

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  • Funny, during the Salem witch burnings, a great crime against women in America's dark history, it was later discovered that most of the accusations of witchcraft against women came from other women themselves.
    They turned on their own.
    Funny how this symbol of female oppression is being defended by the oppressed, even if they don't see themselves as such.
    Funny monkeys, these humans.

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