The Danes have joined the French, Belgians and Austrians in outlawing full face coverings.

Boris Johnson’s recent letterbox comments about burkas, which have left him under investigation by the Conservatives, were made in response to Denmark’s new ban on the face covering.

Michelle Clifford has travelled to the country to talk to women who are now breaking the law because of what they wear.

In a car park in Copenhagen I meet Sabina.

She has the bright eyes of a young woman and, except for the hands, that is all I can see of her.

This 21-year-old Muslim who was born and bred in Denmark is wearing a niqab – a form of Islamic dress which covers her body and controversially her face in defiance of a ban in Denmark.

Burka ban protester Sabina

“I made the choice to wear the niqab two years ago,” she says. “It was my choice. It makes me feel humbled before God. I see it as part of my faith and now it has become a part of my identity. Which is why I feel so strongly about it.”

And she wears it speaking to me now as a law breaker. She risks being stopped by the police and fined every time she goes out in public wearing her chosen form of dress.

But she is defiant, saying: “It has now also become part of the protest against this ban.”

Sabina is gathering with other niqab-wearing women outside a police station in the capital to protest against a new law that prohibits the wearing of any “garment that covers the face in public”.

Burka ban protester Sabina
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