Burka ban causing problems in Austria

Burka ban causing problems in Austria

Postby wutang » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:00 pm

Shark costume mascot fined under Austria's 'burka ban' law

Anew "burka ban" in Austria had unforeseen consequences for a man dressed in a comedy shark costume.

The man, who has not been named, has been fined €150 (£135) — because the shark mask technically contravened the ban, which forbids any form of facial covering in public.

He is not the only victim of police who appear to be somewhat overzealously interpreting the new law.

Others who have had a run in with police in recent days include a woman cyclist who wrapped her scarf around her face against the cold, and street musicians performing in animal masks.

The ban, which came into effect on October 1, was introduced because of concerns over burqas and Islamic full-face veils.

But the wording of the new law is more general, and applies to anything which covers the entire face.

The unfortunate man in the shark outfit was wearing it as part of a publicity drive for a new electronics shop in Vienna.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10 ... a-ban-law/


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Re: Burka ban causing problems in Austria

Postby wutang » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:06 pm

Who would have thought that giving the authorities more powers would result in them acting like authoritarian shitheads.

I love how the guy's boss is shocked that this would happen. What do you think a law banning facial coverings would entail :off head:
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Re: Burka ban causing problems in Austria

Postby Rolluplostinspace » Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:22 pm

Our freedoms are being eroded and terrorists get the blame but it's the local guys in suits who should be getting pursued.
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Re: Burka ban causing problems in Austria

Postby Stooo » Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:40 pm

An end to those V for Vendetta masks?
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Re: Burka ban causing problems in Austria

Postby Trapper John » Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:57 am

Do they have crash helmet laws in Austria? ........ if so, are their police stopping and fining every motorcyclist they pull up?

Sounds like a bit more thought was needed in the wording of their new law, or was it? :shake head:

Of course what it tells you is, those who say "if you've done nothing wrong, you've nothing to fear" when laws designed to erode ever more of our civil liberites are mooted, are seriously deluded.
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Re: Burka ban causing problems in Austria

Postby Punk » Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:23 pm

Stooo wrote:An end to those V for Vendetta masks?



They're still on sale :mrgreen:

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