A 15-year-old girl was offered 1,000 kroner from Progress Party (FRP) politician Christian Tybring-Gjedde to take off her hijab when she visited the party’s election stand, TV 2 reports.
Tybring-Gjedde, who is FRP’s first candidate in Oslo, ended up in a heated discussion with a group of first-time voters about the hijab on 25 August, according to his post on Facebook.
“I offered the woman with the hijab a thousand kroner if she took it off. It was voluntary. She did not want to make some quick money,” he wrote.
TV 2 has been in contact with the 15-year-old girl – who goes to a high school in Oslo – who visited the stand to write a school assignment.
“I went ahead to hear what he had to say”
“I became curious, and when I came to the stall, I heard that the FRP thought there should be a ban on shawls. I went ahead to hear what he had to say.”
Following the incident, the principal at Bjerke upper secondary school has sent a letter to the FRP’s parliamentary group.
FRP leader Sylvi Listhaug distanced herself from the incident.
“There was a heated discussion, and I think we should not have such performances at our stand. I spoke with Christian today, and he is sorry that some of this came out the way it did,” she told TV 2.
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