Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Austria: Face veil ban to kick in Oct 17.

(Wien) Legislation came into force last Friday that will ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places from October 1st. The outlawing of the burqa or other clothing concealing the face. People who break the new law could be fined up to €150 ($168), other measures include a clampdown on distributing extremist material, and immigrants being obliged to sign an "integration contract". A 12-month "integration programme" will include courses in "values" and the German language. Failure to attend can result in cuts to social security payments.