Tens of Thousands Against the Czech Government
In Prague, tens of thousands of people demonstrated due to the rise in energy prices, demanding an end to sanctions against Russia and the government’s resignation. Prime Minister Fiala accused them of “pro-Russian positions”.
According to the police, around 70,000 people demonstrated on Wenceslas Square in the capital Prague. The protest was themed “The Czech Republic First”. Right-wing extremist parties and the Communist Party, organizations critical of the government and citizens’ initiatives, had called.
On banners, they denounced the high energy prices and called for an end to EU sanctions against Russia. But they also opposed corona vaccinations and the admission of refugees. They accused their government of taking the interests of Ukraine more seriously than those of the Czech population.
Prime Minister Petr Fiala accused the organizers of the demo of a “pro-Russian orientation” that hurt the Czech Republic. “It is clear that the Russian propaganda and disinformation campaign shows up again and again in our country, and someone falls for it,” he was quoted as saying by the Czech news agency CTK.
It was only on Friday that Fiala’s government survived a vote of confidence in parliament requested by ex-Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ populist ANO party and a right-wing extremist party.