Man Gets Snared in 'Burqa Ban' for Wearing Full-body Shark Costume

Police in navy uniforms talk to members of the public and other Mc Shark staff members

The man in the shark mask was advertising a business in central Vienna and the business was fined. After somebody reported spotting him wearing the mask to the police, the company ended up getting a fine relating to the #burqa ban law in the country.

The worker had donned a furry suit with a shark's head for a hat to advertise the opening of a branch of computer store McShark in Vienna. Austrian police also issued a fine of $59.04 and a citation the same day to Rachid Nekkaz, an Islamic activist protesting perceived "Burka Bans" in Europe, according to the Associated Press.

Austria recently introduced a controversial anti-burqa law forcing Muslim women to uncover their faces and prohibiting them from wearing niqab.

The laws were written in such a way to be religiously neutral, but that has led to widespread confusion in the German-speaking nation, adds the paper.

The law - which prevents people from concealing their face - applies to all public places, including transport facilities, and police have the power to demand the removal of concealing veils.

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Protesters who objected to the new law took to the streets in Vienna earlier in 2017, declaring "Every woman must be able to move freely in public without harassment and discrimination - no matter what she does or does not wear", according to The Independent.

A photo of the man was uploaded to Warda Network's Facebook page.

Street musicians in animal masks have also been given official warnings. It said it was considering a more general ban on state employees wearing the headscarf and other religious symbols.

Police have reportedly called for a clarification of the ban.

The measures were "seen as an attempt to counter the rise of the far-right Freedom Party, which nearly won the presidency in December 2016", adds the BBC.

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