On June 23, a group of seven women from the “Muslim Rosa Parks” collective, as they call themselves, bathed in burkinis at the Jean-Bron swimming pool in Grenoble. The action was to claim the right to bathe with this swimsuit banned in the establishment.
The association that supports the “Muslim Rosa Parks” received a check for $80 000 from in 2016 from OSF. Rosa Parks was a black activist in the American civil rights movement. One of the protesters, told Al Jazeera: “We are free women. Even if we wear a burkini … this doesn’t change that fact that we are feminists and we are free.”
During their protest, they were surrounded by supporters and members of the French Alliance Citoyenne association, which appears on the list of beneficiaries of the generous Open Society Foundation.
The Muslim women taking part in the protest dubbed Operation Burkini, were eventually kicked out, banned from the pools for a month, and fined 35 euros each.
The network of foundations was created in 1979 by Soros, and according to its Wikipedia page, the objectives of this network are to “promote democratic governance, human rights and economic, social and legal reforms”.
In 2016, Citizen Alliance was the recipient of this large sum for the purpose, according to the Open Society Foundations, of “transforming” the association into a “national organization with national visibility” within the framework of “anti-discrimination campaigns”.
This is the second time that this collective has organised such a happening. On May 17, according to the regional French newspaper the Dauphiné Libéré in a video on its website, showed that women supported by this same citizen association had already conducted a similar action at another municipal pool in the city.
They told the media that theirs was an “act of civil disobedience” against the regulations of swimming pools, considered discriminatory. They claimed that they did not violate any rule of hygiene or security and explained that they were acting “without any religious conviction”, but rather to defend the “freedom of all women”, according to statements reported by AFP.
In France, the wearing of burkini in a municipal swimming pool may be banned for reasons of hygiene or safety, a small 60-page booklet co-authored by the services of the Minister of Sports and the Observatory of Secularity recently noted.
For the “values he represents”, billionaire George Soros was named the Financial Times‘ personality of the year in December 2018.
Originally from Hungary, he is in open conflict with Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who accuses him of encouraging immigration. In the United States, President Donald Trump has also accused the billionaire – a major donor of the Democrats – of supporting demonstrations against a conservative high court judge’s confirmation to the Supreme Court as well as funding a caravan of migrants from Honduras.
In 2017, Soros funded associations and a leader of the Women’s March against Donald Trump.