Denmark’s ban on the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces came into force on August 1, with anyone wearing a garment that hides the face in public risking a fine. Human rights campaigners have slammed the ban as a violation of women’s rights, while supporters argue it enables better integration of Muslim immigrants into Danish society. Wearing a burqa, which covers the entire face, or the niqab, which shows only the eyes, in public will lead to a fine of 1,000 kroner ($156) The ban also targets other items that hide the face such as balaclavas and false beards. Repeated violations will be fined up to 10,000 kroner.
Protests against the ban were held in the capital Copenhagen and the second-biggest city Aarhus late with several hundred people expected to attend — some of them wearing the full-face veil. Belgium, France, Germany and Austria have already imposed bans or partial bans.