Kourosh Ziabari - Press TV: Over the past weeks, global news websites and media outlets published reports from the Republic of Azerbaijan which did not appear pleasant and acceptable to more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world.
In Azerbaijan, where 93 percent of the population is Muslim, the restriction of the secular government on the Islamic headscarves being worn by the Muslim girls in schools and universities did not appeal to the people and sparked protests all over the country.
This controversial action follows similar anti-Islamic measures which the European countries have been adopting in line with their Islamophobic policies. The harassment of Muslims, attacking Islamic cultural centers, removing Muslims from key positions in the governmental offices, creating dissension and animosity between the Muslims and Christians in Muslim countries and banning Islamic dressing are among the measures which the European states have taken.
According to the latest reports, thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the Azerbaijan Ministry of Education on December 10, 2010 to protest the recent constraint imposed by the government on the Muslim girls who want to adhere to the Islamic dress code in public places.
This unprecedented and questionable decision by the autocratic government of Azerbaijan implies the state's inclination toward attracting the attention of the Western powers and pleasing them subserviently. It might also indicate Azerbaijan's willingness to lay the groundwork for joining the European Union in which there's no member state with a Muslim majority population. Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Turkey are countries with Muslim majority population which have not been given access to the European Union.