Putin is pure evil, but throwing all critics of Fial’s government into the Russian bag is nonsense

First a word of warning. It is pointless to label all critics of the government who gathered in Wenceslas Square as pro-Russian forces, supporters of warmonger Putin or even fascists. Of course there were also people who support Putin’s Russia in its aggressive policy at the legendary Wenceslas Square on Saturday, there were certainly neo-fascists, pseudo-Nazis or stale Bolsheviks there too. But there were also people who were simply afraid of what would happen next. Who do not believe that the current cabinet is handling the situation well. Fortunately, we have a democracy and citizens can express their opinions, however strange they may be. But to throw all the protesters in the Russian sack, as some do, is absurd. Being against the government (any!) is not extremism. In addition, the demonstration took place in an orderly manner, as is usually typical for the Czech Republic. In other countries, cobblestones would fly and shop windows would crumble.

But it is incomprehensible if anyone really supports Putin, regardless of what kind of government we have. Does anyone have any idea what the consequences of February 1948 or August 1968 were, when our politicians danced to Russian music for many years? Does anyone really want to repeat those terrifying years of unfreedom ever again? In that case, he is a fool and goes against Czech national interests.

Jiří Sezemský
September 4, 2022 • 09:47

Speaking of those interests, let’s see what the most excited debate is going on after Saturday’s demonstration (probably porn doesn’t attract people anymore). It was a statement by Prime Minister Fiala, who, according to his critics, said that there were pro-Russian demonstrators at Wenceslas Square. And as many add, he called everyone a Putin supporter. But Fiala said it a little differently. Here is his quote from Saturday: “It is clear that Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns appear repeatedly on our territory and someone simply succumbs to them… The interpretations of the events that I have had the opportunity to see so far point to strongly pro-Russian attitudes, and in my opinion it does not correspond to what are the interests of the Czech Republic and our citizens.” The Prime Minister says “someone” and somehow interpreted the demonstration himself (perhaps incorrectly). But a clear conclusion was drawn from it – Fiala is also a criminal. But his sentences can also have a different interpretation. After all, we all have our own truth, we all understand what someone says differently. Or not?

I interpreted Saturday in such a way that some of the protesters’ demands are justified, but defending Putin is a real betrayal. And that at the same time Fiala defends her world, which sees it differently. That’s normal. It is less common for ruling parties to blame many domestic problems on the war in Ukraine and Putin. This Kremlin man is certainly to blame for many problems, but the energy problems also exist as a result of the European shift away from nuclear energy, from too fast and powerful enforcement of the Green Deal, from overpriced emission allowances, etc. This started long before the Ukrainian war. Europe, including the Czech Republic, made wrong decisions, got caught off guard and is now putting out the fire. So Putin added fuel to the fire.

Kryštof Pavelka
September 4, 2022 • 5:59 p.m

What’s next?

But the demonstration on Wenceslas Square also pointed out other important things.

One of them is the complete fragmentation of anti-government forces. There is a strong Babiš camp, adherents of the Okamurian SPD, various small parties of the left and right, extremists, populists, lunatics, former parliamentary parties such as the ČSSD and KSČM, but also people calling for democracy, who are, however, ideologically very far from the parties of the ruling coalition of five. It’s a political Molotov cocktail that hasn’t exploded yet and it’s hard to find common ground. If the anti-government camp happens to find common ground, I dare say that we are in for difficult times of instability and chaos. Reason? It wouldn’t work.

We will see how the economic situation will develop and how high prices will change financial and social stability. But the Czech Republic would need the exact opposite of what is happening right now for at least a year. We would need the main government and opposition forces to smoke the pipe of peace together and agree a “temporary truce” in order to solve the serious economic and social problems. The permanent tension in the Czech Republic really hurts our enemies and rivals, because it exhausts and weakens us. And such a Czechia (which is why I don’t understand the call for withdrawal from NATO and the EU) would then be easy prey. Am I exaggerating? No, I just sometimes read history books.


The article is in Czech

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