The Charles Bridge protest drew attention to companies that still do business in Russia


Update: 21.08.2022 19:32

Prague – Around 60 people took part in a meeting called the Way of the Cross of Sponsors of the Russian Economy in the early evening on Charles Bridge in Prague. The aim of the event was to draw attention to the fact that after the outbreak of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a number of companies still did not limit their activities in Russia. People on the bridge carried symbolic crosses in the color of the Ukrainian flag with logos of, for example, the New Yorker clothing brand, the Bonduelle food company, the Emirates airline or the UniCredit bank. The event was organized by the informal association Občanský rozcestník.

The participants of the event gathered at the beginning of the Charles Bridge from the Malostranské náměstí side, the procession then went roughly halfway to the bridge, where people lined up with crosses. In addition to company logos, some people carried banners in Czech and English with inscriptions such as “Russia is a terrorist state”, “Stop Russian imperialism” or “Russia lies, Russia tortures, Russia murders”.

Banners also invited passers-by to visit American Yale University website, where you can find a list of companies that still have not limited their operations in Russia. “We want to support companies leaving the Russian market, and as consumers to express support for those who have already left,” Julie Levková, one of the organizers of the event, told ČTK.

It was from this list that the organizers selected roughly 30 brands that are well known to Czech consumers. They also wanted to point out, for example, that the New Yorker company opened a new branch in Moscow in March, i.e. after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Among other fashion brands, the logo of United Colors of Benetton, Diesel, Lacoste or Georgio Armani appeared at the event. “These companies have not even stopped investments or new projects in Russia in six months,” added Levková.

The crosses also featured the logo of the Hungarian oil and gas concern Mol, consumer goods manufacturer Zepter, or food companies Kotányi or Lactalis. They also carried the logo of the German Raiffeisenbank and the Yamaha concern. Levková added that it is also being created Mobile applicationwhich will allow consumers, after scanning a barcode, to find out whether products in stores come from companies that still operate in Russia or not.


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

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