(MENAFN) On Saturday, an Algerian businessman said he would pay all the fines faced by women in Denmark who choose to wear full-face veils, MEM reported.
The Danish government on Feb. 6 proposed a ban on full-face veils in public spaces. The measure has yet to be approved.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency in front of the Danish parliament, Rasheed Nekkaz said that he had already paid 1,538 fines for women facing similar circumstances in six countries, including France, Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Austria, and Germany.
Nekkaz is famed for paying the fines of women who wear full-face veils or burqas after the garments were banned in many European countries, including France, in 2010.
"The reason I'm here isn't to defend religion, but to defend freedom. The principle of freedom is a universal right," he said.
"So I defend the freedom of those who want to wear veils in Europe and those who don't want to wear veils in Iran," he said.
Nekkaz said that it is important that the Danish government understands that the women are wearing veils of their own free will.