Switzerland has begun voting on a law banning full-face veils in public, even though Muslim women who wear full facial coverings (Neqab), a peace of cloth covers the face, appear very rarely in Swiss streets.
Opinion polls indicated a slight majority in favor of the ban, in a vote on Sunday that comes after years of debate on the issue, similar decisions taken by other European countries.
Swiss city squares and streets were littered with posters such as "Stop Radical Islam!" and "Stop Extremism," featuring an image of a woman in a black burqa.
Rival posters read: "No to an absurd, useless and Islamophobic 'anti-burqa' law."