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Leading politician in Poland links migrants to diseases returning to EU

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Poland’s main opposition party Law and Justice’s leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski

Shortly prior to Polish parliamentary election, the politician, who might become the country’s next Prime Minister, has this week turned voters’ attention to dangerous diseases appearing in places with migrant influx in the EU.

With parliamentary election to take place on October 25, Jarosław Kaczyński, Poland’s former leader and the head of the right-wing Law and Justice party, made the controversial remarks on migrant health issues at a rally on October 12, EU Observer reports.

«There are already signs of the emergence of very dangerous diseases which haven’t been seen in Europe for a long time: cholera on Greek islands; dysentery in Vienna; various types of parasite, protozoas, which aren’t dangerous in the organisms of these people [Middle East refugees], but which could be dangerous here. It doesn’t mean to discriminate against anyone. But we have to check it, » Kaczyński was quoted as saying by Polish media.

The statement prompted an angry reaction by Andrzej Celinski, the head of the liberal Democratic Party, who told Polish broadcaster TVN24 on October 13 that Kaczyński is «no longer just using the language of hate, but language which is emblematic of the Holocaust. (..) It used to be said that Jewish women carry typhus.».

Kaczyński’s Law and Justice party, according to the latest poll, by TNS Poland for TVN24, will win the election with 36 percent, EU Observer reports.

The ruling centre-right party Civic Platform is currently at 24 percent.

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