published: 21.10.2013, 12:16 | updated: 21.10.2013 12:18:53
Prague - Czech citizens should not support those who offer racist or nationalist solutions to problems between the majority situation and Romanies, Czech Catholic Church head Dominik Duka, Ecumenical Church Council head Joel Ruml and Czech Chief Rabbi Efraim Sidon said today, four days before election.
"Do not support those who offer such solutions, openly or covertly," they said.
The early general election is due this weekend, on October 25-26.
The religious leaders warned against rising extremism in the Czech Republic.
They said a number of demonstrations turning into violent skirmishes were held under the pretext of pointing to problems between the majority society and Romanies this year.
In the past only far-right radicals and their followers participated in such events, while now large numbers of common people join them, the religious leaders say in a written statement.
They say it is a big threat that racist tendencies get legitimate as a part of serious political arguments.
The problems between the majority and the Romany minority would be solved by neither violence, nor nationalism and racism, they add.
They write that history teaches people that "populism accompanied by hateful manifestations of racism and xenophobia leads to tragedies that sooner or later hit the whole society."
The most popular far-right group in the country, the Workers´ Party of Social Justice (DSSS) seems to have almost no chance of entering parliament.
The Dawn of Direct Democracy of populist senator Tomio Okamura, who made some racist statements related to Romanies, may win several parliamentary seats.
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