Austrian full-face veil ban comes into force

Austrian full-face veil ban comes into force”

The law, popularly known as the "Burqa Ban", is mostly seen as a directed at the dress worn by some ultra-conservative Muslim women.

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. The nationalist Alternative for Germany party is calling for one there, too. "We prefer bikinis" in its campaign.

A ban on full-face veil in public places comes into force in Austria today and it is the latest restriction for the Muslim population in the European country. Offenders risk a fine of 150 euros (nearly $180).

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.

Carla Amina Bhagajati, of the Islamic Religious Community in Austria, said the "handful" of women who wear full-face veils and who she knows of in Vienna "now are criminalized and. restricted to their homes". Support for the law is strong nonetheless, reflecting anti-Muslim attitudes in the predominantly Catholic country.

Kurz, who is only 31, has managed to steal considerable numbers of voters from the FPOe, polls show, experts say in part due to him moving to the right on issues such as immigration.

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