Mass anti-government protest hits Prague (VIDEOS) — RT World News


Protesters demanded the resignation of the government in the face of soaring energy prices, inflation and military support for Ukraine

Tens of thousands of people hit central Prague on Saturday, taking part in a protest dubbed “Czech Republic first”. Protesters have urged the government to resign over soaring energy prices, inflation and international policies which they say have brought the country to this state.

Police estimates some 70,000 people attended the rally, with organizers setting the bar even higher at 100,000. The event brought together people of polar political views, the Communist Party and the right-wing Freedom Party and Direct Democracy who took part in the demonstration.

“The purpose of our protest is to demand change, primarily by resolving the issue of energy prices, especially electricity and gas, which will wreck our economy this fall,” he added. one of the event’s co-organizers, Social Democrat Jiri Havel, told local media.

The protesters demanded that the Czech Republic adopt a neutral military position, as well as enter into direct contracts with gas suppliers, including Russia. They also condemned the government for backing EU sanctions against Moscow, passed in waves following the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

“The best for Ukrainians and two sweaters for us”, one of the banners displayed at the event referenced rising heating costs and potential energy cuts in winter.

The protest came a day after the government survived a no-confidence vote on the same issues, with the opposition blaming it for inaction in the face of soaring energy prices and inflation.

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Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala, who leads the ruling centre-right five-party coalition, was quick to accuse protesters of acting against the country’s best interests, suggesting that the Kremlin would have able to play a role in the organization of the event.

“The demonstration in Wenceslas Square was triggered by pro-Russian forces, close to extreme positions and contrary to the interests of the Czech Republic”, he told broadcaster CTK. “It is clear that Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns are present on our territory and some people are simply listening to them.”

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