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LONDON, Nov 29, 2006 (UPI via COMTEX) -- One in three people surveyed in Britain said they supported banning the Muslim full-face veil in public places, a survey said.

Another 56 percent questioned said they would not support such a ban, according to the BBC survey conducted by ICM. About one in 10 respondents said they were unsure.

When asked about whether the veil should be banned in specific circumstances, 63 percent of the people survey said they approved a potential ban in airports and at passport control; 53 percent said they thought a ban would be acceptable in courtrooms and in schools, the Telegraph said.

Zareen Roohi Ahmed of the British Muslim Forum said the veil should be removed if it were a matter of security, adding that the matter has been exaggerated by the media.

"Given everything else that is going on in the world right now, from Iraq to Afghanistan, we are talking about a piece of cloth," Ahmed said.


Copyright 2006 by United Press International

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