Prague, Dec 16 (CTK) – Anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom, called on Czechs to reject the European Union and immigration and his speech delivered at a conference of extreme right parties won a repeated stormy applause in Prague today.
Wilders said the Czechs have been his favourite nation in Europe and he called them a nation of heroes.
He quoted personalities from Czech history, such as 17th century educator Comenius, who died in Amsterdam, first Czechoslovak President Tomas Garrigue Masaryk (in office 1918-35), and student martyr Jan Palach who immolated himself in 1969 after the Soviet occupation of the country.
Wilders praised Masaryk for his respect to the wisdom of the common people and Palach for preferring to die free rather than live in a dictatorship.
He said his party would support Czechs in their brave opposition to the EU.
Wilders criticised the European Commission for taking legal action against the Czech Republic over its refusal to accept asylum seekers within the system of redistribution quotas.
He said the cosmopolitan elites sued the Czechs, Poles and Hungarians because they wanted the three countries to be Islamised like West Europe.
Mass migration led to increased crime, violence against women and anti-Semitism in Europe, he said.
The conference of the right populist parties that form the Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group in the European Parliament. It was organised by the Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) movement that entered parliament after the recent general election, winning 22 of the 200 seats.
SPD leader Tomio Okamura and Wilders said before the conference today that their parties share the view that Islam is bad and must be opposed and that their countries would be better off if they left the EU.
Okamura called for the introduction of a ban on Islam in the country. He also called for a national referendum on the country’s departure from the EU.