Prague – Today’s anti-government demonstration on Wenceslas Square in Prague, where, according to the police’s estimate, 70,000 people gathered, was also reported by the world’s leading news agencies AP, Reuters, AFP, DPA and Bloomberg, whose coverage was taken over by other foreign media. All of them started their report with the number of participants, and many of them quoted Prime Minister Petr Fiala and his words that the demonstration was called by forces that profess a pro-Russian orientation, are close to extreme positions and are against the interests of the Czech Republic.
“About 70,000 people protested in the historic center of Prague on Saturday against the Czech government, which they accuse of paying more attention to war-torn Ukraine than to its own citizens,” wrote the AFP agency at the beginning of its report. Fiala told journalists that the gathering was organized by “pro-Russian people close to extremist positions”, whose interests are in conflict with the interests of the Czech Republic, continued the French press agency, from which the Spanish daily El Mundo and Belgian television RTBF took over the report.
Fial’s words that the organizers of the demonstration are “pro-Russian”, are close to “extremist attitudes” and are against the interests of the Czech Republic were quoted, for example, by the Argentinian news server Infobae.
The news about today’s demonstration also reached the Arab world, for example the Syrian news agency SANA reported on it. “Over 70,000 Czechs demonstrated in the center of the Czech metropolis of Prague and demanded freedom from dependence on NATO and the EU,” the Syrian agency wrote at the head of the report. “About 70,000 people protested in Prague on Saturday against the Czech government. They called on the government coalition to do more to stop the sharp rise in energy prices, and spoke out against the EU and NATO,” wrote Saudi Arabian television Al-Arabiya, which, like for example the Indian daily The The Times of India picked up on the Reuters report.
Banners criticizing membership in the EU and NATO were also noticed by the Bloomberg agency, from which the Albanian Daily News server took over the report. Bloomberg, as well as, for example, the German agency DPA, also cited ČTK information.
“Tens of thousands of protesters from the extreme right and extreme left demonstrated in the capital on Saturday against the pro-Western Czech government,” wrote the AP agency. “The protesters demanded the resignation of the current coalition government of conservative Prime Minister Petr Fiala, which they criticize for a number of things, including its pro-Western policies. Fiala said that everyone has the right to demonstrate, but that these protesters are expressing pro-Russian views that are not in the interests of the Czech Republic and its citizens ,” AP wrote, which was quoted by, for example, The Washington Post.
Clarín, one of the most widely read Argentinian newspapers, added information about today’s demonstration in Prague to the online news about the war in Ukraine with the headline Thousands of Czechs protest that they (the government) pay less attention to them than to Ukraine. “About 70,000 people demonstrated on Saturday in the Czech Republic against the government, which they accuse of paying more attention to war-torn Ukraine than to its own citizens,” Clarín wrote. He also mentioned that one banner read “The best for Ukraine and two sweaters for us”.
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