An Austrian politician provoked an angry reaction online after posting a photo of two nuns wearing habits and sarcastically joking they were 'oppressed women' wearing burqas.

Ahmet Demir, a politician in Tyrol with the Green party, has since taken the post down and apologised if he offended anyone but defended his post.

In a second message posted on Facebook he explained that he was trying to convey that "every woman should be able to wear what they want as long as they chose the clothes themselves".

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