Woman fined $156 for wearing face veil in Denmark

28-year-old woman was fined 1,000 kronor ($155 or 134 euros) and also asked to remove a hat or leave the Mall.

Both women have been charged with disturbing the peace, The Copenhagen Post newspaper reported.

The ban, which was passed in May, took effect on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

The episode took place in the center of Hørsholm center where the woman with niqab came up to top with another woman by an escalator in the center.

Police officer David Borchersenexplained: "During the fight her niqab came off, but by the time we arrived she had put it back on again".

Police are going through surveillance video to determine if the other woman deliberately ripped off the niqab.

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They marched from Norrebro to the Bellahoj police station on the outskirts of the city in order to show their condemnation of this new law, which many say goes against women's rights to freedom of expression and religion. The police told the ppaer that nothing indicates that the turmoil arose from the fact that one woman was wearing niqab.

Protests in Denmark broke out over the new law, which also bans balaclavas, masks, and false beards.

Under the new law, people found wearing facial coverings in public can be fined from 1,000 Danish kroner for a first offense up to 10,000 kroner (about $1,550) for a fourth violation. France became the first European country to ban the full-face veil from public spaces in 2011, with fines of up to €150 (Dhs640) for those caught wearing the garment.

Supporters of the law, meanwhile, claim the law will better integrate Muslims into Danish society.

"All women should be free to dress as they please and to wear clothing that expresses their identity or beliefs".

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