In response to the surge of immigrants fleeing the Middle East and Africa in search of sanctuary from war-torn regions, Eastern Europeans took to the streets over the weekend to express their fears and disapproval.
“Islam will be the death of Europe,” demonstrators chanted as they marched through the streets of the Polish capital of Warsaw.
Prague and the Slovak capital, Bratislava, also saw demonstrations, with some participants seen carrying banners reading, “You’re not welcome here so go home.”
Samaa TV, a leading Pakistani news network, reported:
Thousands of people joined anti-migrant protests in three eastern European capitals on Saturday after leaders from the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia opposed an EU scheme to fix refugee quotas.
In the Polish capital Warsaw, nearly 5,000 people, many chanting anti-Islamic slogans, marched through the city, an AFP correspondent said. “Islam will be the death of Europe”, one of the banners said.
Organisers claimed the demonstration drew 10,000 people but police refused to confirm the figure.
“We’re here so that the government hears our voice and abandons any plans to welcome Muslims,” shouted one of the organizers, according to Samaa TV.
He also indicated that the demonstrators pray while they march to identify themselves to others as Roman Catholics.
The Daily Mail reported:
The vast demonstration in Bratislava comes as the country’s interior minister Robert Kalinak confirmed that Slovakia will veto any decision on mandatory quotas.
Mr Kalinak is expected to join ministers from the other 27 member states at an emergency meeting on Wednesday in order to discuss the refugee crisis.
“I have the government’s and the parliament’s mandate to veto any questions concerning the quotas because they don’t make any sense, they are directly pointed against the refugees and don’t solve the crisis in any way,” Kalinak said, according to the Mail.
In response to approximately 180,000 people illegally immigrating into Hungary, that country beefed up its immigration laws which will take effect Tuesday, allowing authorities to deport or jail illegals.
“These people are not fleeing danger and don’t need to be scared for their lives,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told Germany’s Bild daily.
Samaa TV reported:
Members of far-right fringe parties and football supporters chanted “Poles against migrants” and “Migrants today, terrorists tomorrow”.
Another thousand or so joined a “Welcome refugees” rally in favour of hosting migrants in Poland, a strongly Catholic EU member state which has a population of 38 million and has seen hardly any newcomers arriving, despite Europe experiencing its biggest movement of people since World War II.
Sections of European cities have become Muslim enclaves and described as “No-Go Zones” for non-Muslims.
Watch the news clip, via the Daily Mail.
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