A small town in the region of Lower Austria has announced that it will be banning the Islamic approved swimwear known as the “burkini” from local pools.
The Lower Austrian township of Hainfeld has announced that they will be banning the Islamic swimwear from pools after a request by a local elected official.
Councillor Peter Terzer of the anti-mass migration Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) made the request to ban the garment after claiming that the burkini was “unsanitary”, reports Kronen Zeitung.
The move comes hot on the heels of a similar ban in the southern German region of Bavaria where town officials also argued that the burkini was banned from the pool for reasons of hygiene.
While the FPÖ has been most active in their fight against the mass movement of peoples across borders during the migrant crisis, they also have a long history of battling Islamisation in Austria.
Leader of the party Heinz-Christian Strache has made no attempt to hide the fact that he and his party stand against Islamisation of Austria in any form. The party has singled out radical Islam in particular in election campaigns noting the links of radical mosques to terrorism.
Last November Mr. Strache called for a prison to be erected on either a Greek or Italian island where all radical Islamists and terrorists would be sent so they could pose no harm to the greater public.
Mr. Strache said: “European governments have just stood by during the mass immigration from Islamic countries, and these people’s refusal to integrate over decades, wondering why there are so-called ‘no-go areas’ in many cities where the rule of law has de facto been replaced by sharia.”
The AfD was lambasted by media and other parties in Germany for their Islam policies in their new manifesto which was voted upon at their annual meeting in Stuttgart earlier this year.
The burkini itself also made news in France after Minister for Women’s Rights Laurence Rossignol lashed out at fashion retailers like H&M and others who had started to stock the swimwear earlier this year.
The Minister said the burkini and the full face Islamic veil were wrong for all women and said about those women who decide to wear it: “Of course there are women who choose it. There were American negroes who were in favour of slavery.”