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(Yahoo) Muslim women in Austria were forced by police to remove their facial coverings on Sunday, as an anti-burqa law came into effect.

The so-called 'burqa ban' prohibits facial coverings including niqabs and burqas, and also places restrictions on surgical masks, ski masks and clown make-up worn in public.

Yesterday, a woman wearing a niqab facial veil, which only leaves the eyes uncovered, was seen being told to remove her veil by two police officers in Zell am See, a city south of Saltzburg.

Those who defy the ban could face a fine of 150 (£132).

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While the rule applies to some non-religious facial coverings, it is mostly perceived to be directed at the extremely modest clothes worn by a minority of Muslim women.

Full veils remain rare in Austria despite the surge of migrants and refugees into Europe in 2015, but they have become a target for right-wing groups and political parties.

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

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has previously indicated her support for a similar law in Germany, saying: “Our law takes precedence over codes of honor, tribal or family rules, and over sharia law.”

Some Muslim groups in Austria have criticised the ban. Carla Amina Bhagajati of the Islamic Religious Community in Austria said the “handful” of fully veiled women she knows of in Vienna “now are criminalized and... restricted to their homes.”

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The legislation was brought in by the outgoing centrist government of Chancellor Christian Kern. The government said: "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."

However, the strong support for the new law could point towards political upheaval in Austria's general election on October 15.

Austrian parties campaigning on anti-migrant messages are predicted to win and form a coalition government, reflecting a swing to the right in a country that has mainly had centrist governments since World War II.

The election is expected to see the anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPOe) come second or third and potentially enter a coalition with Sebastian Kurz of the centre-right.

Other measures that came into force Sunday include immigrants signing an "integration contract" and compulsory courses in the German language and "values".

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I don't think the burqa ban will help immigrants integrate into society. Women should have the freedom to choose what and how they wear. If they want, they can ditch their burqa and hijabs and wear Western clothes. But if they don't, they are entitled to wear it.

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Good why they don't show how ugle they are?

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ceciliazhang Post time: 2017-10-7 15:20
I don't think the burqa ban will help immigrants integrate into society. Women should have the freed ...

You should tell their husbands this....
they are the probelm
if you want something in life get off your backside, and do it yourself!! don't rely on others to do it for you

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ceciliazhang Post time: 2017-10-7 15:20
I don't think the burqa ban will help immigrants integrate into society. Women should have the freed ...



It is a piece of legislation that is fast being duplicated all over Europe - from France to Belgium, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria - for which I feel ashamed.

The most widely held bias comes from feminists: "These Muslim women must be liberated from their own inherited culture..."

To be fair, I do know there are safety issues. Public buildings such as parliaments, post offices, tax bureaus, police stations, railway stations need to be in a position to perform security checks on anyone entering them. Muslim women should accept the need to cooperate there.

But that's that and there is no justification for this modern witch hunt.

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