We owe it to those who suffered and died so horribly not to repeat the horrors of the past, says Prince Charles.
London: Britain’s Prince Charles warned against intolerance towards refugees fleeing religious persecution on Thursday saying the rising tide of populism was reminiscent of the “dark days” of the 1930s.
“The suffering doesn’t end when they arrive seeking refuge in a foreign land,” the heir to the throne told BBC radio.
“We are now seeing the rise of many populist groups across the world that are increasingly aggressive towards those who adhere to a minority faith.” The 68-year-old, in his third broadcast for the “Thought for the Day” section of Today, added: “All of this has deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days of the 1930s.”
Mr Charles said his comments applied not just to Christians fleeing parts of the Middle East but also to other persecuted faiths in the world including Yazidis, Jews, Ahmadi Muslims and Baha’i people. Referring to the “monstrous extremism” seen in World War II, the Prince of Wales said the fact that “nearly 70 years later we should still be seeing such evil persecution is to me beyond all belief”.
“We owe it to those who suffered and died so horribly not to repeat the horrors of the past,” he said.
In the run-up to Christmas he said Jesus’ family sought refuge from persecution, and said the Prophet Mohammed also “migrated” from Mecca to Medina in search of religious freedom.