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Man cited under Austria's burka ban law for wearing shark costume

A young man wearing a shark suit has been given a citation under Austria's "burka ban" laws.

The country has laws that forbid any kind of full-face covering including Islamic veils.

Police issued a citation on Monday after the man, part of a street advertising campaign for the McShark computer chain stores, refused several requests to take off his shark head.

In effect this month, most full face coverings are prohibited in public in Austria, including off-slope ski masks, surgical masks outside hospitals and party masks on the street.

Popularly known as the "burka ban", the law is mostly seen as directed at the clothing worn by some ultra-conservative Muslim women.

Violations carry a possible fine of 150 euro.

Only a handful of citations have been issued.

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