Rabat – South by Southwest officials have apologized to the Muslim Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad after she was denied registration at the festival in Austin, Texas on Saturday for wearing a hijab.The organizers of South by Southwest, an annual set of film, interactive media, and music festivals that takes place in mid-March in Austin, Texas in the United States, were angered by their employer who asked Muhammad to remove her headscarf before she would be given credentials to get into the festival.The American Olympian tweeted about the incident on Saturday afternoon. I was just asked to remove my hijab at SXSW Registration for my ID badge.. I can’t make this stuff up #SXSW2016— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) March 12, 2016She also tweeted that she was given the wrong ID badge, with her name misprinted on the badge.Thennnnn I was given the wrong ID! From now on my name is Tamir & I work for Time Warner Inc #SXSW2016 pic.twitter.com/TE3jJR16P6— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) March 12, 2016Immediately after the tweets went viral, the officials of the festival released a statement, apologizing to the Muslim American fencer.“It is not our policy that a hijab or any religious head covering be removed in order to pick up a SXSW badge,” the statement read.“This was one volunteer who made an insensitive request and that person has been removed for the duration of the event. We are embarrassed by this and have apologized to Ibtihaj in person, and sincerely regret this incident,” they added.
The party cadres raised slogans against the Sri Lankan army and the Centre. Several people had come from Coimbatore to take part in the protest. (Colombo Gazette) The two army officers undergoing training in Tamil Nadu will return to Sri Lanka following protests by the Tamil Nadu government, the army said today.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jeyaram had raised still opposition to the training given to the Sri Lankan military at the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) located within the Wellington cantonment area in Tamil Nadu. Last week around 400 members across 15 political outfits, including MDMK, Thanthai Periyar Diravida Kazhagam (TPDK), VCK, Tamil Desam, Tamil Ealam Viduthalai Students’ Organization, gathered at the Manekshaw Bridge, widely known as Black Bridge Junction in Wellington, and staged a protest against the training of two Sri Lankan officers. They demanded that the central government send the officers back home.