October 1, 2022

Movie: Mass Anti-Government Protest Hits Czech Republic Over Energy Crisis

Protesters demand the government’s resignation over soaring energy prices, inflation and military support for Ukraine.

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in central Prague on Saturday for a mar dubbed ‘ Czech Republic First, ‘  urging the government to resign over rising energy prices  and inflation, and to drop anti-Russia sanctions.

According to police estimates, some 70, 000 took part in the rally, with the organizers placing the figure at a hundred, 000. The event brought jointly people from across the political spectrum, with the Communist Celebration and right-wing Freedom and Direct Democracy Party taking part.

“ The aim of our demonstration would be to demand change, mainly within solving the issue of energy costs, especially electricity and gasoline, which will destroy our economic climate this autumn, ”   one of the event’s co-organizers, social democrat Jiri Havel, told local media.

The protesters required that the Czech Republic have a neutral military stance, and secure direct contracts along with natural gas suppliers including The ussr. They also condemned the government just for supporting EU sanctions towards Moscow, adopted in several waves since the start of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

“ The best for the Ukrainians and two sweaters for all of us, ”   one of the banners displayed at the occasion read, referring to the rising heating costs and potential energy cuts in winter season.

The particular protest came a day after the government survived a no-confidence vote over the same issues, with the opposition accusing it of inaction in the face of increasing energy prices and inflation.

Czech Primary Minister Petr Fiala, who also leads a  center-right coalition, was quick to accuse the protesters of acting against the country’s interests, implying the Kremlin might have had a hand in the unrest.

“ The particular protest on Wenceslas Sq . was called by factors that are pro-Russian, are close to extreme positions and are contrary to the interests of the Czech Republic, ”   he told the CTK broadcaster.   “ It is clear that Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns can be found on our territory and some people simply listen to them. ”

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