Austria burqa ban: Man dressed as shark falls afoul of new law

Source: DEUTSCHE WELLE

A man dressed as a shark has been fined under new anti-burqa laws in Austria. The shark was advertising the opening of a new electronics store called McShark.

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Austrian police issued a fine to a man dressed as a shark under new anti-burqa laws, Austrian media reported on Monday.

The mascot was standing outside a new outlet of the McShark electronics store in Vienna when he was asked by police to remove his shark head. When he refused, he was issued with a fine, which can be up to €150 ($176).

The new laws aimed at prohibiting people from covering their faces in public came into effect at the start of October. The rule came as part of legislation approved in May that also establishes mandatory integration courses and prompts asylum-seekers to do unpaid public work.

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