A law in Austria has banned full-face veils. Muslim women cannot wear a full-face veil in . The law says faces must be from the to the chin. The said the law is to protect Austrian . Muslim groups said the law is because it is against human rights and freedom. Only a small of Austrian Muslims wears full-face veils. The say the number is about 150. Officials say the law will damage Austria's economy. Many Muslim might decide not to visit Austria.
Austria is the European country to ban the veil. France and Belgium introduced bans in 2011. Other European could follow. Holland is working on passing a ban. Germany's Angela Merkel said the full-face veil should be banned, " it is legally ". The Islamic Religious Community in Austria talked about the of the law. It said the "" of veiled women in Austria are now "" and have to stay in their . A supporter of the ban said: "It's not right that those living here don't show their ."