At Prague Castle, about 200 people protested against the behavior of the president’s office


Updates: 16.10.2021 20:06

Prague – On Hradčanské náměstí in Prague tonight, about two hundred people protested against the behavior of officials in the President’s office in connection with the state of health of Miloš Zeman and his ability to hold office. The protest was peaceful, lasting about 20 minutes.

The organizer of the protest, Edita Šramotová, thanked all participants for their participation at the beginning of her speech and invited them to calm down. At the same time, she asked those present to refrain from their own speeches, vulgarities and violence. She did not forget to mention anti-epidemic measures such as safe spacing and airway obstruction.

“I want to defend myself against deliberately false and offensive information to the public, which is released into the public space by the head of the office of the President of the Republic Vratislav Mynář and the director of the department and press spokesman of the President Jiří Ovčáček,” said Šramotová. This statement was accompanied by humming and whistling.

Šramotová also called on members of the Senate to take action. The support was given by the staff of the Central Military Hospital in Prague, where Zeman is hospitalized.

Many participants brought banners in protest. It said “Castle advisers to Moscow”, then “Beware of bad faces from the presidential office” or “Deratization of the castle is necessary”.

Zeman was transferred to ÚVN from Lány on Sunday afternoon. On the same day, the president’s doctor, Miroslav Zavoral, announced that Zeman had been taken to hospital due to complications that accompanied his chronic illness. He did not give an accurate diagnosis because he did not have the patient’s consent. Zeman was transferred to the intensive care unit. A hospital spokeswoman told ČTK on Monday that Zeman’s condition had stabilized. More detailed information about the president’s state of health has not yet been published by the Castle office, which has led to a number of speculations and criticism from politicians and the public.

President Zeman’s wife Ivana Zemanova announced at a press briefing on Thursday that her husband is undergoing treatment that will take time. The media asked for patience and the time needed to be able to gather strength.

Zeman Speaker Radek Vondráček (YES) visited Zeman in the hospital on Thursday, declaring that the President is able to hold office. The hospital subsequently objected to his visit, without the knowledge of the attending physician. Police have promised that next time the security will not release the head of state without the prior permission of the attending physician.

On Tuesday, the chairman of the Senate, Miloš Vystrčil (ODS), asked the president’s office about the prognosis of Zeman’s health condition. He said on Friday that he still had not received an answer. Addressing Zeman’s associates, Vystrčil said that the president was not in good hands. Therefore, on behalf of the management of the upper chamber, the ÚVN sent a request concerning the prognosis of the development of the president’s health with regard to his ability to hold the office of head of state.


Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.

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