Austria burqa ban: Government warns Muslim women to show faces in public or be fined

The Austrian government has issued posters and leaflets threatening Muslim women with fines for wearing face veils ahead of the introduction of a controversial ban.

The authorities launched the publicity drive to raise awareness of the legislation outlawing niqabs and burqas, which will come into force on 1 October.

Under the new “integration” policy, anyone wearing clothes that obscure their face in public can be fined €150 (£132) and must remove the offending garment “on the spot” if ordered by police. Those who refuse can be taken to a police station.

  • Watchman

    It’s on TV, it’s in the newspapers, it’s on posters…but what is the likelihood that many those women in niqabs or burkas will still not know. These women may not speak German, or have German friends, will watch foreign-language satellite TV or only read foreign language newspapers.

    Then I realised that they will be told by the imams in the prayer sessions while they are cloistered at the back of the room or upstairs out of the gaze of the men. They will be told how islamophobia and racism from the Christians is the only reason for a ban, and that the women must redouble their efforts to raise enough jihadis to overturn the Austrian state and permit (or require) niqabs as acceptable minimum clothing for every woman.

  • Being ugly as sin, they should also be fined if they show their faces. 😉

  • LauraS

    Show your face or be deported to a Middle Eastern hellhole.

    There, fixed it for you.