SWEDEN -- Göran decided to wear the Muslim veil to protest the EU's ruling on banning it at the workplace.
"I can fry hamburgers, make waffles and clean just as well in this," says Göran Mårtensson, as he wears the veil in protest against a controversial decision by the EU, reports nt.
Many of the visitors to the cafeteria looked a little extra when they came to the premises on Friday. Behind the counter stood as usual Göran Mårtensson, but on this particular day he was wearing a Muslim headscarf, called a hijab.
- Most laughed at first, but then they asked why I was wearing it. And so far all have been positive, except the odd occasions, he says.
Göran Mårtensson on this day chose to go to work wearing the hijab due to a recent ruling by the European Court of Justice, where a Belgian company that fired a Muslim woman because she wore the veil at work was acquitted. The verdict, which is expected to set precedence, means indirectly that it's okay to ban the veil at work.
Göran was one of the many who were upset by the news. Not least because he in his job meets many Somali and Arab women who wear the veil. Therefore, he made his choice of dress for Friday in "solidarity with his sisters."
- I want to show that you do not work any worse with this on. Why should we in 2017 keep on arguing about such trivial things as a veil - do we not have more important things to do?
Ignorance is bliss.
Also in Norway the EU ruling has made people do and say strange stuff, as a commissioner in Oslo, who responded by calling for the recruitment of more women with hijab.
READ: Commissioner: - I want more with hijab to Oslo
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