Young woman uses selfies to fight Islamophobia in Belgium

Published May 20th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Far-right protesters in Belgium didn't know how to react when a young woman wearing a hijab approached them to take a selfie. (Twitter/Jurgen Augusteyns)
Far-right protesters in Belgium didn't know how to react when a young woman wearing a hijab approached them to take a selfie. (Twitter/Jurgen Augusteyns)
Suddenly finding herself face to face with far-right anti-Muslim protesters outside the third annual Muslim Expo in Antwerp, Belgium, 22-year-old Zakia Belkhiri decided to fight against intolerance with an unusual weapon: selfies.
 
Belkhiri told BBC Trending she wanted “to show that things can be different ... we can live together, not next to each other but with each other”.
 

The protesters, carrying signs reading “No headscarves” and “No mosques”, didn’t seem to know how to react when the brave hijabi turned their protest into a photo opportunity. Some can even be seen to be smiling.

The interaction was captured by freelance photographer Jurgen Augusteyns, and his images, as well as Belkhiri’s selfies, have since gone viral, Vox reported.
 
 

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