Swedes wear scarves to protest hijab attack
Sweden's justice minister met activists who convinced prominent Swedes to wear headscarves this week to protest at an alleged attack on a Muslim woman who wore a hijab.
"We tried to say that there is structural discrimination ... but [Justice Minister Beatrice Ask] kept referring to individual responsibilities," Foujan Rouzbeh, one of the organisers, said after the meeting.
"I also said that under this government, we've got the impression that this type of crime has increased."
A heavily pregnant Swedish woman wearing a hijab last Friday reported being assaulted as she approached her car in the Stockholm suburb of Farsta.
The man who attacked her made a reference to the veil she was wearing, she said. Police are searching for witnesses.
Her claims prompted an outpouring of solidarity on social media, with Twitter users of different faiths posting pictures of themselves wearing headscarves. Leftist politicians and celebrities were among those supporting the campaign.
On Instagram, more than 130 people had posted pictures of themselves with their heads covered on Tuesday. On Facebook, about 8,600 people had joined the group "The hijab appeal".
A demonstration is due to be held in Stockholm today to support Muslim women's right to wear the hijab in public.