A man dressed as a shark to promote an electronics store called McShark has been fined for falling foul of Austria’s full-face burqa ban.
Police confronted the man after an anonymous tip-off and gave him a €150 fine (£135) when he refused to remove the shark head.
PR agency Warda Network later admitted it deliberately set up the incident to “prove a point” about Austria’s relatively new ban on the full-face burqa, part of a package of controversial new migrant laws.
The new law came into force at the start of October, but its “religiously neutral” language has led to confusion over enforcement. One cyclist was reportedly stopped by police for covering her face with a scarf.
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