A law banning the face veil has come into force in Austria under a new “integration” policy.
The law, which will make it illegal to wear clothes that obscure one’s face in public, has been introduced to protect Austrian values, according to the country’s government.
Anyone wearing clothes that obscure their face in public will now be liable to a fine of €150 (£132) and must remove the offending garment “on the spot” if ordered by police.
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.
Muslim groups have condemned the law, saying just a tiny minority of Austrian Muslims – around 150 – wear full-face veils.
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