The town of Reus in Spain's Catalonia region on Friday passed legislation banning the wearing of full face veils in public places, the first decision of its kind in Spain.

While other towns in Spain have banned the veil in publicly-owned buildings, Reus is the first of the ban garments like the niqab and the burqa on the streets.

The ban has been introduced for reasons of "security" and "coexistence", according to El País newspaper.

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