Muslim woman told to remove hijab before entering Denver sports arena
A Muslim civil rights organization is calling on officials at Denver’s Pepsi Center to investigate, after an American Muslim woman was reportedly told to remove her hijab or not be allowed into the multi-purpose arena.
Gazella Bensreiti, an American Muslim mother of three, was waiting to enter the Pepsi Center to watch her daughter perform the National Anthem, when an employee at Will Call allegedly told her to “take that thing off” or not be allowed entrance, according to officials with the Colorado chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Bensreiti reportedly then asked to be allowed to remove her hijab in private and in front of a woman, but was refused by the employee and “subjected to public humiliation in front of staff, students and other parents, until her daughter became distraught, believing her mom would not be allowed in to see her perform,” a Colorado CAIR spokesperson said in a prepared statement.
CAIR is calling on Pepsi Center officials to change their policy regarding religious attire of event attendees.
Pepsi Center officials have not responded to calls from reporters.
The civil rights organization said they have reported, “an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.”