"The law is a declaration of war against human rights and the Muslim community," the activist told Radio Sputnik. "I can't accept this. That is why I created a fund of one million euros six years ago and paid all the fines against women wearing niqabs in Europe," he added.
Majority of voters — 65% — supported the ban on Islamic face-covering clothing during a referendum in 2013. In response to the question on what reasons might have been behind such decision, Nekkaz said:
"I think there is a fear of Islam in Europe. Everyday mass media show for example Islamic State, ISIS […] and then the European population is afraid of Islam and the Islamic community," he said.
"It is important to show to the European population that most of the Muslim community in Europe is peaceful, is respecting the law," the activist said.
A recent study showed that the vast majority of EU citizens are concerned about the increase in Muslim immigration into their respective countries, amid a prevailing fear that terrorist attacks are more likely to occur across the bloc.