Czech President Milos Zeman calls the flow of migrants and refugees to Europe "an organized invasion," and believes that young men from Syria and Iraq instead of fleeing should wage war against the extremist group IS.
- I am deeply convinced that we are witnessing an organized invasion and not a spontaneous movement of refugees, said Czech President Milos Zeman in a Christmas greeting to the Czech people on Saturday.
- A large majority of the illegal migrants are young men with good health and single. I wonder why these men did not take up arms and fought for freedom in their countries against IS, said Zeman, who was elected president in 2013.
It is not the first time the 71-year-old has made controversial statements about the migrant/refugee crisis. In November, he also participated in an anti-Islamic demonstration in Prague together with other right-wing politicians.
Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, who also previously has criticized the president's comments, said Zeman Christmas greeting is based on "prejudice and his habit of simplifying things."
A poll shows that nearly 70 percent of Czechs are against refugees and migrants coming to the Czech Republic.
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