On Tuesday, the Czech Republic had the highest number of covid-19 infections per day since the epidemic began last March. 22,479 were newly infected.
The Chcípl PES initiative was created as a protest against measures restricting the operation of restaurants. As a political movement, we will open the Czechia – Chcípl PES then ran in the parliamentary elections, in which the movement won 0.4 percent of the vote. Today’s protest was joined by groups such as Tricolor, the Swiss Democracy, the Free Bloc, the Workers’ Party, the DOST Action or Let’s return the children to school without conditions.
“It is amazing to see a full Old Man who does not have drapes and is not afraid,” welcomed the participants of the restaurant Šeberák and the chairman of the Chcípl PES movement Jakub Olbert. According to him, there are half of the people in the whole country who think the same way. “We will show them that our struggle makes sense. We can achieve what we want,” he said. According to him, the goal is to regain freedom and civil rights.
Representatives of other groups expressed a similar opinion, according to which the state’s action leads to the liquidation of democracy and totalitarianism. For example, the chairman of Svobodné, Libor Vondráček, called into the crowd to see if people agreed that there was a pandemic of power and hatred in the Czech Republic. He received applause. On the contrary, the protesters rumbled in disapproval when asked if anyone thought there was an unvaccinated pandemic in the country.
Tricolor Chairwoman Zuzana Zahradníková Majerová said that today’s demonstration commemorates her in 1989. “Only communist totalitarianism was replaced by covid totalitarianism,” she said. “Let’s not be afraid!” she called and recalled one of the slogans of the Velvet Revolution Who, if not us, when, if not now.
According to Jiří Janeček, vice-president of the Chcípl PES movement, people can no longer lose anything when they lose their freedom. Martina Novotná, a representative of the Let’s Return Children to Schools initiative, then urged those present not to leave children in quarantine at home and insist on their attendance at school, even if they may be infected. Other speakers also called for civil disobedience. Claims that hospitals will not have enough space for the unvaccinated have been branded as a threat. Some compared anti-epidemic measures with the Nazi regime and the exclusion of the unvaccinated from society with the persecution of Jews during World War II. According to historians, the Nazis murdered about six million Jews during the war.
Among the about forty speakers were several doctors and teachers. For example, the director of Troubka Elementary School, Petr Vrána, said that he did not understand why vaccinated children did not have to be tested and quarantined when they could also spread the disease. He said the hygienists had told him that as headmaster, he didn’t have to require anyone at school to wear a veil, so he didn’t. According to him, other school principals should behave in the same way. Pediatrician Karen Pumr again called on politicians to work on law-making and leave medicine to doctors. Others pointed out that people had psychological problems due to measures against the epidemic.
Prague police spokesman Jan Danek told CTK that an estimated 10,000 people took part in the demonstration. Police officers have repeatedly called on participants to comply with existing anti-epidemic measures. The dissolving assembly is the responsibility of the municipal staff member who was on the scene. “In this particular case, this worker did not find a reason to dissolve the assembly,” police said on Twitter.
Some protesters wore Czech or crossed-out EU flags and banners with inscriptions such as Disobedience is the basis of freedom, health is not at stake or the Mocipani, remember that whoever sucks the wind reaps storms. The crowd chanted Freedom !, We’ve had enough !, Shame! or We want to live healthily! The organizers announced in advance that the demonstration would be completely non-violent and that 80 volunteers would take care of safety in addition to the police. After the event, some people went towards Národní třída and Václavské náměstí, where other events took place on the anniversary of 17 November.
Due to the deteriorating epidemiological situation, the Ministry of Health will suggest to the government on Thursday that negative tests will no longer be used as a cover certificate from Monday.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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