Czechia in first place. Anti-government protesters filled the upper part of Prague’s Wenceslas Square iRADIO

Czechia in first place. Anti-government protesters filled the upper part of Prague’s Wenceslas Square iRADIO
Czechia in first place. Anti-government protesters filled the upper part of Prague’s Wenceslas Square iRADIO

On Wenceslas Square on Saturday after noon, people who came for a demonstration against the government began to gather. Participants filled the upper half of the square before the start. The protest called Czech Republic in 1st place is a joint action of organizations, political parties and citizens who disagree with current politics and want change. For example, representatives of the SPD, Tricolor or KSČM movements should speak. According to police estimates, there are approximately 70,000 people on the scene.



Prague
2:02 p.m 9/3/2022 (Updated: 15:07 3/9/2022)

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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.

There is a large-screen screen and sound system, the singer Pepa Nos shortened the waiting time for the speakers with the song No Fears. 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.

“The aim of our demonstration is the necessity of change, mainly in solving the issues of energy prices, especially electricity and gas, which will cause the destruction of our economy already this autumn. We invited Mr. (Prime Minister Petr) Fiala to negotiate with us, but unfortunately we have no answer. So we will continue to push for this government to end. We will demand her resignation,” said event co-organizer Jiří Havel.

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.

Fiala: Slogans indicate pro-Russian attitudes

According to Prime Minister Fiala, disinformation campaigns repeatedly appear in the Czech Republic. Fiala told Czech Television that the organizers of the demonstration are taking advantage of the current tense situation and people’s fear of the future and high energy prices.

“They are trying to use all this for their political benefit, but they are not presenting the recipes. Those slogans and interpretation of events point to pro-Russian attitudes. In my opinion, it does not correspond to the interests of the Czech Republic and our citizens,” said Fiala.

The police prepared standard security measures in connection with the demonstration, said Prague police spokesman Jan Daněk. Hundreds of police officers are monitoring the protest, as well as other events taking place today. The participants of the tenth annual Prague Harley Days also came to Prague, which includes the ride of hundreds of motorcycles through the center of the metropolis.

Marie Veselá, CTK

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