About 70,000 people protested in Prague on Saturday against the Czech government’s measures, calling on the ruling coalition to do more to control rising energy prices and expressing opposition to the European Union and NATO, according to Reuters.
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The organizers of the demonstration, who come from several far-right and fringe political groups, including the Communist Party, said the central European nation should be militarily neutral and secure direct contracts with gas suppliers, including Russia .
According to police estimates, the number of protesters amounted to approximately 70,000.
“The purpose of our demonstration is to demand changes, mainly in solving the problem of energy prices, electricity and gas, which will destroy our economy this fall,” event co-organizer Jiri Havel told the news site. iDNES.cz.
The protest in Wenceslas Square in the city center came a day after the government survived a no-confidence vote amid opposition accusations of inaction against inflation and energy prices.
The vote showed how Europe’s energy crisis is causing political instability.
Prime Minister Petr Fiala, who leads the center-right coalition of five parties, told the CTK news service on Saturday that the protesters do not support the country’s interests.
“The protest in Wenceslas Square was called by forces that are pro-Russian, are close to extreme positions and are against the interests of the Czech Republic,” he declared.
🇺🇦🇨🇿Protesters in Prague spoke out for neutrality in the conflict in Ukraine.
A large-scale rally called “The Czech Republic first of all” was held on Wenceslas Square today.
From 70,000 to 100,000 Czech citizens gathered for it, according to local publications. pic.twitter.com/LsNnKVSnjt— Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil (@ivan_8848) September 3, 2022
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