Prague – Tens of thousands of people filled Wenceslas Square this afternoon for a demonstration against the government. The police estimated their number at 70,000. The protest called the Czech Republic in 1st place is a joint action of organizations, political parties and citizens who do not agree with current politics and want the resignation of the government. Among the speakers, the organizers announced, for example, representatives of the SPD, Tricolor or communist movements. According to Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS), the protest was called by pro-Russian forces that are against the interests of the Czech Republic.
“The gathering on Wenceslas Square is taking place peacefully and we have not had to solve any serious problems so far. We estimate the number of participants at 2:30 p.m. to be about 70,000,” the police said on .
Many demonstrators brought Czech flags, some also drums and banners with inscriptions such as Water boils for every pig or Thoughts for Ukrainians and two sweaters for us. The crowd chanted Demise!, We’ve had enough! or It’s here! People prepared slogans against the EU, NATO, Prime Minister Fial, the Green Deal for Europe and the government’s rejection of Russia.
The organizers demand the resignation of the government. At the same time, they want the government to authorize their experts to negotiate the purchase of gas and oil. For example, the energy worker Vladimír Štěpán criticized high energy prices and the governments’ pro-Western course at the demonstration. He called the price cap being considered by the government stupid. According to him, this will lead to further price increases. He also spoke out against buying gas from the exchange. Among other speakers, the former president of the Agrarian Chamber Zdeněk Jandejsek spoke.
The police are diverting traffic from the upper part of the square, the highway is open. Behind her on the steps of the National Museum are several dozen opponents of the demonstration with a large NATO and EU flag.
Organizers of the demonstration said earlier this week that they want the current government gone, the effects of the energy crisis mitigated and the damage repaired. They demand freeing the domestic industry from dependence on foreign companies, as well as military neutrality and ensuring direct contracts with gas suppliers at low prices, especially with Russia. According to them, the Czech Republic needs to change the system of distribution and payments for electricity so that it does not pay intermediaries on the stock exchange.