Denmark investigating viral photo of policewoman hugging niqab-wearing protester

Ayah, a wearer of the niqab weeps as she is embraced by a police officer during a demonstration against the Danish face veil ban in Copenhagen. (Reuters)

Danish police said on Wednesday that they had opened an investigation into a policewoman who embraced a veiled protester wearing a niqab during a demonstration in Copenhagen last month.

A Reuters photographer took pictures of the incident on Aug. 1 in what appeared to be the protestor crying when the ban on the face veil came into effect in public places across Denmark.

“The picture forced the police to be involuntarily involved in a very sensitive political debate,” said Marcus Knuth of the Venstre party, the ruling liberal party in the country.

He and other critics drew the attention of complaints made regarding the viral incident, saying that “the task of the police is to enforce the law and not embrace those who oppose it”.

(With Reuters)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53