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British Family Left 'Humiliated' After Being Ordered To Get Out Of The Swimming Pool Because Their Burkinis Are Against Portuguese Culture

A British family were left ‘humiliated’ after being asked to leave a swimming pool in the Algarve because they were wearing burkinis.

Maryya Dean, 36, claims she was forced to perform a ‘walk of shame’ with her nine-year-old daughter and sister-in-law Hina by a furious apartment worker, during a trip to the Portguese holiday haven.

Maryya Dean

The women were relaxing in the private pool at their rented apartment complex in Albufeira, when a man howled that their costumes were ‘not acceptable.’

He told that they ‘must wear a bikini to follow Portuguese culture’.

Maryya Dean, 36, with her husband.

The relatives were enraged further when the worker made Ms Dean’s daughter stand up to demonstrate appropriate swimwear, a conservative costume.

Ms Dean, from Chessington in Surrey, was wearing a normal swimsuit with three-quarter length leggings.

While her sister-in-law was wearing three-quarter length leggings and a top that covered her arms down to her elbows.

Maryya Dean, 36, claims she was forced to perform a ‘walk of shame’ with her nine-year-old daughter and sister-in-law Hina by a furious apartment worker, during a trip to the Portguese holiday haven.

The women said they wore the conservative swimwear because it made them feel comfortable and for cultural and religious reasons.

Hina told: ‘I was not allowed to wear swimming gear that I am comfortable in and that was actually made for women like me to wear.

Hina said the family had chosen to wear their burkini’s (file photo) for cultural and religious reasons

‘We told him [the apartment worker] it was swimwear but he said ”you have to wear a bikini or shorts. In Portuguese culture, it’s not acceptable.”

Ms Dean, from Chessington in Surrey, was wearing a normal swimsuit with three-quarter length leggings

‘He said we had to abide by Portuguese culture if we were in the country.’

The worker made Ms Dean’s daughter stand up to demonstrate appropriate swimwear- a conventional costume

Ms Dean: added: ‘I keep thinking about it. We had to do a ‘walk of shame’ back to the apartment, it was disgusting.

The women were relaxing in the private pool at their rented apartment complex in Albufeira (file photo), when a man barked that their costumes were ‘not acceptable.’

‘It was a very distressing experience for me and my family.’


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