Austria's Burqa Ban law comes into force

Lester Mason
October 1, 2017

"Acceptance and respect of Austrian values are basic conditions for successful cohabitation between the majority Austrian population and people from third countries living in Austria", Vienna says.

Anyone wearing clothes that obscure their face in public will now be liable to a fine of €150 and must remove the offending garment "on the spot" if ordered by police.

Muslim groups have condemned the law saying only tiny minority of women in the country wear full-face veils.

As well as banning Muslim veils such as the burka or niqab, the law will place restrictions on the use of medical face masks and clown makeup.

Meanwhile, elections on October 15 are expected to see parties that campaign on an anti-refugee platform - the Freedom Party and the People's Party - winning and potentially forming a coalition government.

In December 2016, the Dutch parliament finally approved a limited ban on face veil predominantly worn by Muslim women.

Burqas, which some Muslim women wear to hide their whole faces and bodies, are rare in Austria even after the recent surge of migrants into Europe.

The measures, similar to those in other European Union countries, also apply to visitors even though large numbers of Arab tourists holiday in the Alpine country.

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