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The right to a veil: Thousands of Quebec residents, mostly Muslims and Sikhs, protested in Montreal this week against a provincial proposal to bar public sector workers from wearing religious symbols. Under Quebec’s proposed charter of values, teachers, doctors, police, and government officials would be allowed to wear discreet jewelry with small religious symbols (such as a cross pendant or Star of David ring) but not a headscarf, yarmulke, or turban. The cross that hangs in the Parliament Building in Quebec City would stay, though, and town squares could still put up Christmas trees. Some protesters said they would leave Quebec if the law passed. “I’m here in Quebec 40 years,” said Kashmir Singh, a Sikh community leader. “Am I Québécois, or not?”

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