Ban on burkas comes into full force in Switzerland's Ticino canton

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A Woman Defied Swiss City's Burqa Ban, and It Was Not Tolerated

Two people in Switzerland are already in trouble for defying a ban against wearing burqas that went into effect July 1.

Ticino's regional parliament approved a law preventing women from wearing the head-to-toe coverings in public last year, soon after a series of terrorist attacks occurred in Paris, raising the terror alert level in other European countries.

Local media report a Swiss woman and a French-Algerian businessman both purposefully opposed the ban Friday. The woman is a member of the radical Islamic Central Council Switzerland, while the man is a political activist.

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A woman walks behind a campaign posters of the far-right Swiss People's Party depicting a woman wearing a burqa against a background of a Swiss flag upon which several minarets reading in French 'Stop - Yes to the ban on minarets' on November 23, 2009 in Corseaux near Vevey. Switzerland is expected to vote on November 29, 2009 on a referendum launched by right-wing groups on whether or not the construction of minarets should be banned. The Swiss government and all the other major political parties are recommending a 'no' vote. In a historic move, local Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders have joined forces to reject a ban on minarets. Just five minarets are believed to exist in the country. AFP PHOTO/ FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
Campaign posters of the far-right Swiss People's Party depicting a woman wearing a burqa against a background of a Swiss flag upon which several minarets resembling missiles reading in German 'Stop - Yes to ban of minarets' are pictured on October 26, 2009 at the central station in Zurich. Earlier this month, Switzerland's Commission Against Racism said that the anti-minaret poster campaign defamed the country's Muslim minority and could threaten public peace. Switzerland is expected to vote November 29 on a referendum launched by right-wing groups on whether the construction of minarets should be banned. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
National Councillor and President of the initiative committee against wearing the Burka (Verhuellungsverbot) Walter Wobmann talks to media as members of the committee wearing burkas in protest stand in the background, at the Federal Square in Bern, Switzerland, March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich
Members of the initiative committee against wearing the Burka (Verhuellungsverbot) wear burkas in protest as they stand at the Federal Square in Bern, Switzerland, March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich
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He was fined $204 for incitement to break the law, while the woman could face a fine of more than $10,000 for wearing a burqa in public.

Ticino authorities are not excluding tourists visiting the region from the ban — something quite notable since 40,000 tourists from the Middle East visited Ticino in 2014.

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In a statement released on Twitter, the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Switzerland's capitol warned about the ban, saying "the embassy reminds all honorable citizens of the necessity to respect and conform to Swiss rules and regulations in order [to] avoid all problems."

It's just the region of Ticino that's enforcing the ban, not the entire country of Switzerland. But more and more countries are implementing national burqa bans.

France was the first to do so in 2011, and Belgium, the Netherlands, Chad, Cameroon and Senegal have all enforced national bans since then.

This video includes clips from France 24 and Ticino Turismo and images from Getty Images. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.

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