It turned out that more and more people are starting to not care who will lead them out of impending or even looming poverty. It is a manifestation of a threatened society, a loss of trust in the system and the state establishment. Extreme or radical currents breathe in every democracy, even a developed one. In quiet times, they survive on the fringes, the demonstration of their views takes place without much attention in a circle of hundreds of other like-minded people. It was also true for us.
The majority society has not yet connected with radical currents. Although it is increasingly difficult to talk about something like a majority society, because today’s society is above all atomized and it is difficult to find an acceptable consensus of the majority. Democracy is offered, of course, but even here everyone interprets it in their own way. It is often said that it is too much for some democracies, because their democracy is threatened by the democracy of others. These are the debates about censorship, blocking users of social networks, the limits of freedom of speech.
When, at the turn of 2017 and 2018, the Million Moments events against the government of Andrej Babiš were born, the road to the packed Letná first led through protests in the Old Town Square in the order of 15 to 25 thousand and initially half-filled Wenceslas Square. Letná with 300,000 demonstrators did not come until June 2019. The first grassroots protest, and also the Million Moments, against the government of Petr Fiala without any mainstream media attention brought 70,000 people to Wenceslas Square. There is no point in deciding whether there were ten thousand more or less. It was a large non-institutionalized protest that cannot be dismissed as being organized by pro-Russian elements. If it really was, it would actually be much worse. The prime minister dropped out of the role of a political scientist, because as such he would be able to analyze this development, and plays the part of a politician who does not want to see and solve a problem in society.
Last Saturday in Wenceslas Square, communists, naked supporters of the Russian regime, opponents of NATO and the European Union, nationalists of various stripes, but also tens of thousands of people who previously would not have cared for the actions of supporters of radical and extreme views stood together. They stayed there with them because they feel existential uncertainty and fear of the future. He does not believe that the government of Petr Fiala will be able to solve the aid in a situation that they did not cause so that they do not fall into poverty.
Pro-Russian thinking groups certainly participated in the organization of the last big protest, there is no need to attach any evidence, but the important thing is who forced people to get up from the television and go to Wenceslas Square. Suspicion falls on the passivity of Fial’s government. And if the prime minister does not want the so-called pro-Russian forces to fill Letna, he must act without fail. Even the Germans and Austrians are no longer waiting for a pan-European solution, their governments worked over the weekend to reassure their residents and present them with a solution, and energy price ceilings came from Vienna.