Even some of the speakers were the same, Mrs. Mayerová Zahradníková, Mr. Volný and Mr. Skála; a few lesser-known SPD representatives also showed up, including the likely presidential candidate Blašek.
Who might come next
However, the number of about seventy thousand participants was new and not negligible. And, of course, the current central topic, i.e. energy prices and, according to the speakers, a completely impossible government, which has to resign by the end of the month, or there will be a “civil right to protest”.
Ondřej Konrád: Wenceslas warning
There was also the word strike. However, it is not specified. The organizers of the event with the Trumpian name “Czech Republic in 1st place” would probably also have a hard time managing something visible. Especially when many of their sympathizers somehow have no way to strike anymore in retirement.
Nevertheless, it can be imagined that people may not have come to Wenceslas Square this time who, although they do not really need the Tricolor, Volný blok, KSČM or SPD, but are oppressed by concerns about the unbearable cost of electricity and gas plus inflation, and thus the rise in food prices in particular, and it seems they feel that Fialo’s cabinet is not thinking about them enough or that it is still like a slow-motion movie before the approaching autumn. But if the solution does not begin to take visible shape, the next time they will arrive at a similar, and therefore more massive, demonstration due to their presence.
Do not overlook!
And over time, it may occur to some that the call for independence and neutrality, “the liberation of Czech industry from dependence on foreign companies”, for cheap Russian gas and, among other things, for the exchange of the Councils of Czech Television and Czech Radio, and of course for early elections, has something in it . Especially when the opposition constantly tells them that they could take care of them differently. You can have your own opinion about that, but in the dark times that all the media are prophesying on a daily basis, such promises logically work.
And after last year’s election failure, not only the left does not have a direct representative in the lower house of nearly a million voters. Babiš, Okamura and many others in the chain know this very well. Ignoring it could be very unprofitable for the government coalition of five. Even if a demonstration in an extremist-anti-system spirit, such as the one in Prague on Saturday, may seem secondary to her. Above all, it undeniably carried a certain warning in scope.
The author is a commentator on Czech Radio
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