The threat of another terrorist attack somewhere in Europe is almost a certainty, and yet many countries on the continent are still debating whether to forcefully ban the traditional Muslim garb such as the “niqab veil” a piece of apparel worn by Muslim woman that conceals the entire face with just enough space for the eyes, making it almost impossible for the authorities to identify the person behind the veil.

Which sparked an incident Sunday in Austria when the country's 'burka ban' became law, and a Muslim woman was suddenly confronted by a police officer requesting her to unmask and show her face, becoming one of the first Muslim females to do so in public.

The woman apparently didn’t receive the memo and decided to test the law when she was spotted in the town of Zell am See, wearing her veil, and was told to remove it by a police officer, which of course she complied.

The new law which went into effect recently is aimed at “ensuring the cohesion of society in an open society” and carries a penalty for anyone who violates the law with a fine of up to €150.

The law also makes it clear that under certain circumstances such as “at cultural events,” will people be able to wear them in public.

However, items such as full Islamic veils, medical masks and scarves to cover faces have been banned outlawed.

Officials in Vienna regarding the new law said: 'Acceptance and respect of Austrian values are basic conditions for successful cohabitation between the majority Austrian population and people from third countries living in Austria.”

The successful legislation was brought by outgoing Chancellor Christian Kern who managed to put together enough votes to pass the measure stating during an interview: “The immigration seen in recent years is changing our country not in a positive but in a negative way.”

Remarkably as Austria moves to protect its citizens against the influx of Muslim refugees and the real threat of Islamic extremism, other European countries are still debating whether to ban full coverings of Muslim garb.

Britain which as seen countless terrorist attacks on the homeland by Islamic extremism has yet to restrict Muslim garb, however in 2007 a directive allowing public establishments such as schools to ban the niqab veil. However, the law at best seems to be at the discretion of judges.

Do you think all of Europe should ban full face and body coverings, regardless of nationally or religion?

Source: Daily Mail

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