An overwhelming majority of the German population of Czechoslovakia was deported to Germany after 1945, and the post-1948 communist regime in Czechoslovakia intensely cultivated the notion of the evil, primarily German, foreigner. According to the 2010 census, there are around 3500 Muslims in the Czech Republic (less than 0.1% of country's population), compared to 495 in 1991. Although there is a small percentage of the Czech population who actively go out of their way to help refugees stranded in Greece and the other Balkan countries, a majority of the Czech population seems to hate and fear refugees and Muslims. A vy, pt kolono, co vs platil Obama Parlamentn listy, 31st January, 2017. http://www.parlamentnilisty.cz/arena/monitor/VIDEO-Zirinovskij-Podporuji-Trumpa-zavrit-hranice-Stovky-milionu-Africanu-na-ceste-Chuligani-kriminalnici-A-vy-pata-kolono-co-vas-platil-Obama-473559, Divided Subjects, Invisible Borders by Ben Gook, World of Film International Festival: An Interview with Martin Petrov. He says he became tired of changing perceptions toward Muslims and how a significant number of Czech people completely misunderstood Islam: This pressure forced me to leave the Czech Republic and move to France. In Skalka [his former neighbourhood], the graffiti and hate messages are everywhere, even in childrens parks.. Attempts to open mosques in other cities have been stopped by local citizens. They yelled when they were shooting people in the Quebec mosque. In one particular incident DSSS members hosted a lingerie fashion show with the aim of teaching "Western values" to Muslims. 445-457. The fear of annihilation at the hands of immigrants stoked by far-right politicians across the central European nations has also enveloped the country, which to this day defines its territorial nationality with language. According to a 2015opinion poll 72.3 percent of Czechs like Zeman for his anti-refugee statements. Follow us on Instagram. European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, 13th October, 2015. http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/monitoring/ecri/Country-by-country/Czech_Republic/CZE-CbC-V-2015-035-ENG.pdf,  Rada Evropy Zeman je islamofob, mli byste ho trestn sthat. Strong trade links between Austria-Hungary and Ottoman Empire emerged during the 19th century. For ordinary Sri Lankans every day is a battle. An anti-Islamic group called We do not want Islam in the Czech Republic received almost 140,000 likes on Facebook and presented a petition with 145,000 signatures to Czech Parliament, demanding that immigrants should be barred from the Czech Republic. A piece of pork was hung on the mosques front door and pig bones were scattered around its entrance in 2013. The whole of the nineteenth century was characterized by nationalist friction between the German-speaking and the Czech-speaking populations on the territory of Bohemia. Anti-immigration activists Martin Konvika and Tomio Okamura tried to stand in the Czech regional elections in the autumn of 2016, but they failed to win substantial electoral support. So if you dont speak Czech, you are a suspect and in worst case scenarios an evil foreigner. When the Czech Republic was about to join the European Union in 2004, people from those regions, which were inhabited by a majority German population until 1945, were afraid that the descendants of the Germans who were deported from these areas after World War II would claim back their property that had been confiscated from them. In light of growing intolerance toward Muslims, a 45-year-old Algerian Muslim, Karim S, migrated from Prague after spending 10 years in the city. Sanep.cz. The linguistic definition of Czechness has led to the exclusion of the Roma community from the Czech nation and to racist attitudes towards the Roma as representatives of the other. At the same time, distrust towards the Germans survives in a section of the population. Pod skoro dn. Skuten neonacist jsou abatov a Dienstbier. Many of the articles published on Parlamentn listy are probably criminal offences of slandering a race, an ethnic group or a religion and inciting hatred against ethnic and religious minorities, which according to Articles 355 and 356 of the Czech Criminal Code are punishable by three years imprisonment, if these offences are committed in the media. Britsk listy, 20th August, 2016. http://blisty.cz/art/83404.html,  Bohumil Kartous, Realita vednch dn aneb ivot na toxickm medilnm tripu. vali pr, kdy kosili lidi v meit. , During the first direct Czech presidential election in January 2013, the right-of-center candidate, Karel Schwarzenberg, lost not only because as Foreign Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister he was associated with a relatively discredited right-wing government of the day, but also because the successful presidential candidate, Milo Zeman, was able to show Schwarzenberg as a representative of German interests. In some Central European countries, this has led recently to the election of semi-authoritarian governments (Poland, Hungary). The far-right groups have become emboldened with time to openly mock Muslims and directly attack their faith. Since the beginning of the European refugee crisis, President Zeman has thus become a major catalyst for the construction of a mendacious anti-refugee narrative in the Czech Republic. Once a girl was thrown off a bus because another passenger thought she was wearing a headscarf. "People are very racist in Brno and there is always some incident taking place there, especially with regards to the mosque or Muslims. Jan ulk is a journalist and academic who holds the position of Senior Lecturer in Czech Studies at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Harvard Cold War studies book series, 2001. Rowman & Littlefield. The Conversation, 15th July, 2015. https://theconversation.com/far-right-reaches-for-new-extremes-in-the-czech-republic-44496,  Prague Municipal Authority: Bringing a set of gallows to a demonstration cannot be seen as threatening behaviour.  The Czech police are reluctant to investigate these incidents. Twenty Years after the Breakdown of Communism in CEE: Promises, Meanings and Implications of 1989. The smouldering bigotry against Muslims took a brazen turn as refugees from war-affected Middle Eastern countries arrived in ones and twos in eastern and central Europe from 2015 onwards. The countrys first ever mosque, which was built in 1998, has survived many attacks from the far-right as well as radical leftist groups. Whats next for Italy after Draghis resignation? Ignoruju to. Broadcast on Regionln televize.cz from 10th February 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzyOxtqHH-o,  Head of UNICEF Czech Republic: We are swamped by vicious emails from Czech citizens. The Czech Republic has to accept around 4,300 people seeking asylum, which is about 410 refugees per one million of its population, according to the European Union refugee quota system. In the first five weeks of 2017, 9931`persons came to Europe. Britsk listy, 5th November, 2015. http://blisty.cz/art/79737.html,  Czech President Milo Zeman: The refugees are criminals. A systematic construction of a false narrative. The obvious manifestation of this systemic antipathy toward minorities, especially Muslims, is dog-whistle politics. I can imagine that in some cases this might be beneficial, though., Zemans anti-Muslim and anti-refugee statements have been enhanced by the officers of the Czech Presidential Office; in particular by his Press Spokesperson Ji Ovek.
Zrdci nroda jim pomhaj, aby ns vyhubili jako bloi indiny. , Some of Zemans public pronouncements were particularly embarrassing. Individual Muslims from the late 19th century began to settle in Czech lands after Bosnia became part of the Austro-Hungarian empire.. The powerful oligarch Andrej Babi, the Czech Deputy Prime Minister and the Chair of the most popular Czech political party ANO repeatedly makes anti-refugee public statements, rejecting the EU refugee quotas and demanding that the EU borders should be hermetically sealed so that no refugees can enter Europe. His memoirs were later published to become one of the first accounts about Central Europe in the Islamic world. Jan ulk, Current Czech opinion of the pre-1989 and post-1989 regimes: remarkable levels of dissatisfaction. In: N. Hayoz, L. Jesien, L. and D. Koleva, (eds.) Peter Lang: Bern, 2011, pp.
, Overview of the role of Islam in Czech Republic, "Religious Composition by Country, 2010-2050", Reception of Islam in Early Modern Europe, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Islam_in_the_Czech_Republic&oldid=1090398718, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License 3.0. Britsk listy, 3rd August, 2016. http://blisty.cz/art/83216.html,  Prior to Angela Merkels visit to Prague, Czech politicians have condemned her pro-refugee policy. These frictions continued during the times of the interwar Czechoslovak Republic, when because of the 1929 Wall Street crash the heavily industrialized German-speaking border regions of Czechoslovakia were seriously affected by unemployment. Bohumil Kartous was present recently at a party on the occasion of the opening of a new restaurant in an East Bohemian town. Later on the Prague Municipal Authority decreed Bringing a set of gallows to a demonstration cannot be seen as threatening behavior. Occasionally, people have been assaulted in public for their pro-refugee views. In 2016, a group called Block Against Islam gathered in traditional Muslim garbs outside the Saudi Embassy in Prague. At the next stop, he got off.".
By accepting migrants we would create fertile ground for barbaric attacks.. Heidrun Dolezel, Vertreibung und Bene-Dekrete in tschechischen Schulbchern seit 1989. They have continued, to this very day, to use an expression of Greg Dyke, a former BBC chief executive hideously white.. 14th December, 2016. https://www.newsdeeply.com/refugees/articles/2016/12/14/the-manufacture-of-hatred-scapegoating-refugees-in-central-europe,  Dagens Nyheter: A popular Czech video website has published fake news about Sweden.
People feel unsafe when they see veil-wearing women," he said. Dostvm mnostv vhrek smrt. Only 4 percent of Czechs were of the opinion that the Czech Republic should accept the refugees permanently. Further research must be conducted to find out what motivates people to follow a website like this in large numbers and to let themselves to be influenced by such writing. The same idea is repeated over and over again in these emails: Let these children die, let them die. But the Czech authorities do not prosecute. They are trying to subjugate Europe. Huawei threatens to sue Czech Republic over espionage allegations, Czech 'Donald Trump' meets real Donald Trump, Slovaks remember murdered journalist Jan Kuciak, Slavic carnival wraps up in Czech Republic with costumes and celebrations, Czech President Zeman jokes about murdering journalists. Britsk listy, 17th October, 2015. http://blisty.cz/art/79464.html,  BLUT (UND BODEN?) Britsk listy, 15th February 2016. http://blisty.cz/art/81111.html,  Czech Deputy PM Babi: I reject the EU refugee quotas.
Do not try to save them. Zemanv projev o uprchlcch m vnou dohru. Martin Konvicka, head of an Islamophobic initiative staged an imaginary invasion of the Czech Republic by ISIS. Televize Nova, 14th October, 2015. tn.nova.cz/clanek/zeman-pobouril-radu-evropy-siri-v-cesku-protiislamske-nalady.html,  Hodnocen Miloe Zemana. IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC: Head of President Zemans Foreign Department compares the refugees to dangerous alien blood. A significant and influential part are the middle-class people of Egyptian, Syrian and other Middle Eastern ancestries (typically those who studied in Czechoslovakia and decided to stay). Photo:Syrian refugees families,Orlok|Shutterstock During the decades of post-war communist rule, the Central European countries were cut off from social and political developments in Western Europe and unlike the West European nations, they did not experience immigration. While opinion polls in the Czech Republic consistently indicate that up to 80 percent of the Czech population hold anti-refugee attitudes, Howden quotes the analysis of the Prague sociologist Daniel Prokop, who assembled a representative group of Czechs and mapped out their attitudes to refugees against the twin axes of attitude and importance.  In July 2015, an anti-immigration demonstration took place in Prague where activists carried gallows and nooses for the traitors of our nation who would like to help refugees. Refugees Deeply. But the Czech media constantly frightened the Czech public showing Muslims and refugees as violent criminals. Historically, the Czechs have held the office of their President in very high regard. Britsk listy, 6th November, 2015. http://blisty.cz/art/79745.html,  Czech President Milo Zeman sings the national anthem with a proponent of concentration camps and gas chambers for muslims. , Zhirinovsky: I support Trump. Each of the Central European nations is defined by its unique language, which is spoken nowhere else but on the territory of the nation, or among minority groups in neighboring countries of the region, and by defensive nationalism. Arabs who came to study in Czech Republic and those from the Caucasus and Balkans largely comprise Czechia's Muslim community. One of the most atheist countries in the world, the Czech Republic ranks in third place, following China and Japan, for its number of convinced atheists. Britsk listy, 11th Seotember, 2015. http://blisty.cz/art/78942.html,  Allhu Akbar! tok v Kanad se vybarvuje. 1193-1219. All the historical hang-ups discussed in the first part of this article, seem to have merged with frustration felt by many people who have been left behind by the current capitalist regime in the Czech Republic and who let themselves to be emotionally manipulated into fearing a non-existent danger. Defensive nationalism has been a defining feature of the modern history of the Czechs. During the event, called The Occupation of Prague - Event in Support of Democracy, members of the anti-Islamic Martin Konvicka Initiative (IMK) also performed a mock beheading.
A commentator has recently noticed that a certain amount of conformism in Czech society may be contributing to the spreading of ingrained anti-refugee attitudes. Nenvist k echm, obludnost, zrada, sebevrada, kolaboranti, bordel, populistick blboly. Everyone present placed the sticker on their lapel, without protest and without any questions. They still remember with reverence the founder of the interwar democratic Czechoslovakia, the President Liberator Thomas Garrigue Masaryk, who stood above politics and in a way for many Czechoslovaks embodied a continuation of the office of the Austro-Hungarian Emperor.  Other Muslims have also come from Bosnia-Herzegovina (early 1990s), Kosovo (late 1990s) and former countries of Soviet Union (mostly from Caucasus region, from the late 1990s until the present). In September 2015, 69 percent of Czech citizens were against accepting refugees and migrants from the Middle East and from Africa. Defensive nationalism is the main feature of modern day Czechia. The government of Czechia refused to comply with the EU-designated quota, only taking 12 refugees. In 1998 the first mosque was opened, in Brno  and a year later another, in the capital, Prague . Zeman has been criticizedfor his statements by Zeid Raad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and was also singled out in a report by the Council of Europes European Commission against Racism and Intolerance. It is a part of the Czech national mythology that after the defeat of a Protestant uprising against a Habsburg emperor at the Battle of the White Mountain in 1620, the Czech lands were subjugated by foreign marauders and suffered three hundred years of an Age of Darkness, until the establishment of the independent democratic Czechoslovak Republic after World War I in 1918. NOTE: The article came from TRT Worlds Eyes on Discrimination (EOD) Centre, which monitors and reports on offences, hate crimes and discrimination on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin and religion, or other related social categories.  The growing Turkish community form the largest Muslim population in the country..