>> An investigation has been launched since the actions of this Copenhagen policewoman, for hugging a tearful protester wearing a niqab. The image was taken by a Reuters photographer on August 1st this year during a demonstration against Denmark's countrywide ban on face veils. The independent complaints body argues that the police officer's job is to enact the law and not to hug those opposing it.
The officer's lawyer has called the investigation nonsense. He says his client, who is white and Danish, acted appropriately in her position as dialogue officer, a specific role dedicated to easing tension during protests. The ban has exposed deep divisions in Danish society. Some say it upholds secular values. Others, that it infringes freedom.
Several European nations have introduced restrictions on full face veils in public. France was the first to impose a ban in 2011. Other countries like Belgium, the Netherlands and Bulgaria have since followed suit.