Cuba: Fiala’s statement about the protesters was not happy

Regarding Saturday’s protest, where 70,000 people gathered, Fiala said that “it is clear that Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns appear repeatedly on our territory, and someone simply succumbs to them.”

Cuba admitted that the country is entering a disinformation war and that pro-Russian activists may have participated in the organization of the demonstration, but he nevertheless distanced himself from the prime minister. “That can undoubtedly be a fact, but it would be very unfortunate to end the debate like that,” he noted in Terezia Tománková’s Party on CNN Prima News on Sunday.

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South Bohemian Governor Martin Kuba (ODS)

According to him, 70,000 people is not a small number and six months ago they would not have gathered there, according to him fear brought them there. “The statement itself is not happy, it is necessary to think about it and see what drives people there, and if the government ignores it, then there may be a problem,” he said.

“The task of this government is to make it clear to the people that we will lead them through the situation, that belongs to democracy, the government has responsibility for it,” he added.

Czechia in first place? A pro-Russian activist was also on stage at the anti-government demonstration

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At Saturday’s demonstration called the Czech Republic in 1st place, which was a joint event of organizations, political parties and citizens who disagree with the current policy and want the government to resign, there was criticism of the cabinet regarding the approach to the energy crisis or criticism of its pro-Western course. Speakers called, for example, for the Czechia to stop supporting Ukraine, which Russia invaded and continues to attack, and for an end to anti-Russian sanctions.

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Anti-government demonstration in Prague

The demonstrators brought Czech flags and banners with slogans against the EU, NATO, Prime Minister Fial, the Green Deal for Europe and the government’s rejection of Russia.

Other politicians from the government parties expressed themselves in a similar spirit to Cuba. Minister of Industry and Trade Josef Síkela (non-partisan for STAN) described Fial’s statements in Sunday’s Questions of Václav Moravec on Czech TV as unfortunate, and Minister of the Interior Vít Rakušan (STAN) also expressed understanding for people’s participation in the demonstration.

Austrian: I do not despise the people at the demonstration. The nervousness is huge

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“The nervousness in society is huge, I will not despise and label people who gather for a demonstration. There’s Putin’s expensiveness and war. I consider that to be completely natural,” he said on Prima on Sunday.

Due to his statement on Saturday’s demonstration, Fiala is facing a series of internet posts on the Internet, which also contain threats of death and violence, the Echo24 server pointed out. The police are investigating the case. “We are dealing with a series of posts that call for this,” said Ondřej Moravčík, spokesman for the police presidium.

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Anti-government demonstration in Prague

Political scientists: A distinction must be made

Political scientists also point out that not only pro-Russian extremists took part in the demonstration in Prague, but also those who wanted to express their dissatisfaction with the government’s progress in solving the energy crisis.

Political scientist Lubomír Kopeček from Masaryk University in Brno told ČTK that the governing parties may pay for this dissatisfaction during the municipal elections, which will be a test of confidence in Fial’s cabinet, especially in large cities.

“There were people on stage who are really connected to very strong pro-Russian attitudes, and the words of Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) about being close to extremism reflect reality,” said Kopeček. On the other hand, the 70,000 participants in the demonstration reflect “a lot of dissatisfaction” with the government’s stance on solving the energy crisis.

Reaction of the presidential candidates to the anti-government demonstration in Prague

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Political scientist Jiří Pehe na Twitter he noted that the demonstration was being talked about as a protest against Fialo’s government, but some of those present were protesting against the pillars of the current democratic system and Western alliances. According to him, a distinction must be made, as anti-systemic extremism is not the same as disagreement with government policy.

Miloš Gregor from the Department of Political Science at Masaryk University considers Fial’s statement that the demonstration was called by pro-Russian forces to be completely legitimate and factually correct. Some of them were also among the protesters. “I don’t dare to estimate how big a part, but it’s not just some small group,” Gregor said

. But it would not be fair to say that only like-minded people gathered at the demonstration. There were desperate and unhappy people who wanted to express their displeasure, Gregor said.

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Anti-government demonstration in Prague

The group of people who are labeled as “pro-Russian” is much more diverse and this assessment does not always fit them, he wrote on

Jan Charvát from the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, Masaryk University.

According to the political scientist and former vice-chairman of the Greens, Petr Kutílek, the demonstration was mainly attended by people who are subject to misinformation and who feel economically threatened.

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Supporters of the current course of the Czech Republic watched the demonstration on Wenceslas Square from afar

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