15 Apr '11, 9am

Defy the burqa ban and I'll pay the fine: a French businessman #Hijab #France

PARIS - A Muslim property dealer is urging women to engage in "civil disobedience" by continuing to wear full face veils if they want to, as the ban on the wearing of the Muslim niqab or burqa in public went into force in France yesterday. Mr Rachid Nekkaz (picture), a businessman said in a webcast he would help pay the €150 (S$272.30) fines and was putting a property worth around €2 million up for sale to fund his campaign. "The street is the universal home of freedom and nobody should challenge that so long as these woman are not impinging on anyone else's freedom," he said. "I am calling on all free women who so wish to wear the veil in the street and engage in civil disobedience," he said. He also called on supporters to hold a silent prayer in protest of the ban in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral. The ban, a first in Europe, was approved by Parliament in September. ...

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