THE town of Reus in Catalunya has become the first in Spain to ban burqas in public.
The city council voted through the policy despite Spain’s Supreme Court announcing municipal authorities did not have the power to do so in 2013.
Full face veils, often worn by Muslim women, were controversially banned from public areas in France in 2010, and the European Union backed the country’s right to do so.
Reus’ coalition government – PP and Catalan nationalist – wanted to add a €750 fine for those caught with a full face veil, but the mayor decided it would be too difficult to enforce.
However, police officers will be able to stop and demand identification from anyone found breaking the new law.
According to El Pais, politicians claimed the law was necessary for ‘security’ and ‘coexistence’.