Austrian face veil ban comes into force under new 'integration' policy


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 and must remove the offending garment “on the spot” if ordered by police.

Muslim groups have condemned the law, saying just a tiny minority of Austrian Muslims – around 150 – wear full-face veils.


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