Prince Charles has warned against the rise of populism, going so far as to say that it risks repeating the ‘dark days’ of the 1930s.
The 68-year-old heir to the throne appeared on the popular BBC Radio 4 show Thought for the Day where he expressed his concerns over a perceived increase in religious hatred.
He also pleaded for nations around the world to accept those of all faiths fleeing from religious persecution, The Evening Standard reports.
"Whichever religious path we follow, the destination is the same: to value and respect the other person" – The Prince of Wales' TFTD pic.twitter.com/qUIeWar7cC
— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) December 22, 2016
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.
This has deeply disturbing echoes of the dark days of the 1930s. I was born in 1948, just after the end of World War Two, in which my parents’ generation had fought and died in a battle against intolerance, monstrous extremism and an inhuman attempt to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe.
That nearly 70 years later we should still be seeing such evil persecution is, to me, beyond all belief.
The prince’s comments come in the wake of a number of populist victories across the world including the election of Donald Trump – who ran on a populist platform – and the success of the ‘Leave Campaign’ in the UK.
Next year the French will go to the polls to determine their next president and the right wing populist Marine Le Pen is the third significant front-runner in the race.