The rise in populism around the world carries disturbing echoes of anti-Semitism and the fascism of the 1930s, Britain’s Prince Charles warned in a BBC Radio interview this week.
“We are now seeing the rise of many populist groups across the world that are increasingly aggressive to those who adhere to a minority faith,” Charles, 68, said on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, a religious program. “All of this has deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days of the 1930s.”
The resurgence of populism could also be connected with a rise in anti-Semitism, according to Princes Charles. In the interview, the Prince of Wales discussing how his parents’ generation “fought and died in a battle against intolerance, monstrous extremism and inhuman attempts to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe.”
Noting a spike in nationalism and a rise in hate crimes since the election of Donald Trump (whom he did not mention by name), Prince Charles said it was remarkable that “nearly 70 years later we should still be seeing such evil persecution. We owe it to those who suffered and died so horribly not to repeat the horrors of the past.”
Charles plans on taking the title “Defender of Faith” when he assumes the role of king, according to the Daily Mail.
“Whichever religious path we follow, the destination is the same,” Charles noted in the BBC Radio broadcast, “to value and respect the other person.”
Not all were pleased with Charles remarks, however.
“Instead of seeing non-existent phantoms from the 1930s, Prince Charles should recognize that the biggest threat to our liberal democracy is Islamo-fascism,” UK Independence Party member Gerard Batten said.
‘The pawns of Islamo-fascism drive lorries into peaceful crowds, blow up innocent people on their way to work, and perpetrate the…abuse of non-Muslims girls on an industrial scale,” Batten said.
Graham Smith, the CEO of the anti-monarchy campaign group Republic, said Charles’ remarks are “a highly provocative intervention in politics and is a very dangerous intervention.”