Thursday, May 18, 2017

Austria votes to ban the burka in public

(Wien) Austria’s parliament has approved a motion to put in place a burqa ban that will see women wearing full-face veils in public fined £130 as part of new integration policies. The act will come into force in October and will see Islamic burqas, niqabs and other clothing obstructing facial features in public places, universities, courts or on transport outlawed.

Naturally, the usual suspects have come out in which to vent their spleens:

Sevgi Kircil, a member of Austria’s Muslim community, said the new restrictions were an infringement on individual privacy and a reckless “intervention in religious freedom and the freedom of expression.”