Police in the Bulgarian town of Pazardzhik issued on May 16 the first fine for wearing a burqa, four days after the municipal ban on the burqa in public places came into effect.

The municipality of Pazardzhik was the first in Bulgaria to enact a ban on the burqa and other garments covering the face. A nationalist minority party is campaigning for a nationwide ban, tabling legislation in municipalities and in the National Assembly.

A statement by local police said that a police patrol saw the woman in the town's Iztok neighbourhood, walking along the road from a grocery store.

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