Popular Czech President Milos Zeman has declared that his nation will not accept a single Muslim migrant. In fact, he has threatened to sue the European Union if Brussels bureaucrats attempt to forcibly impose mandatory Muslim migrant quotas on his country.
Breitbart Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka does not want the Muslim community to grow in the Czech Republic, saying he has seen what problems large Muslim populations have caused in other European countries.
Noting that there was only a small, non-radicalized Muslim community in the Central European country, the prime minister told Austrian newspaper Die Presse: “When we see problems in other European countries, we do not want Muslims in the Czech Republic.”
Czech police say a group of about 20 unknown attackers set fire to a center that helps refugees in Prague last February, hours after thousands of people staged a protest in the Czech capital against Muslim immigration.
In comments alluding to crime, sex attacks, and terrorism committed by Middle Eastern and African Muslim migrants in Western Europe since 2015, the prime minister said: “In Europe too often we see problems with the integration of people coming from another cultural or religious environment.”
Milos Zeman says “Europe was wrong to allow millions of Muslim migrants in and Eastern Europe will never allow it.” He adds, “Muslims will never integrate because they don’t want to, and they are part of a Muslim Brotherhood plot to invade and take over Europe.
Like the other three countries in the Visegrád Group (Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary), the Czech Republic rejects the European Union’s forced migrant relocation programme.
The Czech Republic has around 22,000 Muslims living in the country who are described as well-integrated and not particularly committed to or fundamentalist in the expression of their faith.
Elections are coming up in the Czech Republic. The campaign poster below shows Tomio Okamura, the head of the SPD party (Freedom and Direct Democracy), a very influential man. The poster says: “No to Islam” “No to terrorism” “A safe land for all.”
The Muslim community in the Czech Republic is very small, but still it raises strong emotions. Muslim-related issues appear almost daily in TV news, newspapers and Internet debates. Below are the comments of some teenaged Muslim boys in a Czech school on the subject of sexual mores.
The comments came in the same week Czech President Miloš Zeman defended burkini bans at swimming pools across the country, saying: “In Czech swimming pools there is no reason for anyone bathing in Islamic clothes.”
Sobotka pointed to the country’s commitment to assisting in tackling the migrant crisis, telling the Austrian newspaper the Czech Republic is financially supporting the Libyan coastguard and migrant camps as well as sending policemen to assist border patrols in the Balkans.