Protesters Gather In Prague For Acceptance Of Syrian Orphans


Prague, Sept 20 (CTK) – About 300 people gathered at a meeting organised by the Christian-feminist group RFK in Prague this afternoon to support the acceptance of 50 Syrian orphans, which is opposed by Prime Minister Andrej Babis (ANO).


The event symbolically took place in front of the Main Railway Station, from where Jewish children saved by Sir Nicholas Winton left for England in 1939.


The gathering lasted about an hour. Its organisers said they disagreed with the debate on the acceptance of Syrian orphans becoming part of pre-election fights.


According to the organisers, Babis is departing from humanistic values on which the contemporary society is built.


MEP Michaela Sojdrova’s (Christian Democrats, KDU-CSL) initiative to bring 50 orphaned children from Greece’s refugee camps has seen a strong public and political response.


Babis said previously that the children should be helped there where they were born and lived and said that the orphans in question were boys between 12 and 17, not small children.


Sojdrova is to meet Babis on Friday.


Roughly one-half of Czech senators today signed a joint memorandum calling on Babis and his cabinet to enable the acceptance of 50 Syrian orphans.