Thousands of protesters eventually reached the square. There was no clash with the police, the protest was dissolved again

Police called for the dissolution of the opponent of the veils and other anti-epidemic measures, which gathered again this afternoon in the Old Town Square in Prague. After two dozen minutes, opponents of government measures against coronavirus complied with police requests. In connection with the protests, the police detained 17 people until 15:00 due to a misdemeanor, which was disobeying the call or disrespecting government regulations. Participants in the events, of which there were several hundred, did not have mandatory nose and mouth protection.

More than 100 people wanted to take part in the originally announced demonstrations on the Old Town Square and previously on Wenceslas Square. Jan Daněk, a spokesman for the Prague police, did not confirm that MP Lubomír Volný (formerly SPD) was among those detained, who, like in the Chamber of Deputies, refused to wear a veil or respirator at the demonstration, CNN Prima News said, referring to Interior Minister Jan Hamáček (CSSD). His offense could be considered by the lower house immune committee.

Police measures also applied on Wenceslas Square, where the demonstration My Together, including Free, convened a demonstration at 1 p.m. Police also closed the square and allowed only a hundred participants into the area bordered by red-and-white roadblocks, the number of people now allowed for rallies during the coronavirus epidemic, and citizens living in the area. The organizer ended the event after about ten minutes.

The demonstration in the Old Town Square lasted even shorter, ending shortly after the start at 2 p.m. According to the police, the rally, which was organized by the Chcípl PES initiative, was disbanded by a magistrate “due to the number of participants in the rally being exceeded.” Its participants then went to Petřín and then back to the Old Town Square.

During the week, the police announced that they would check compliance with the rules, which are limited due to the spread of coronavirus, at the announced demonstrations. She wanted to focus, among other things, on whether the number of participants in the protests is allowed, they are only from the district where the event takes place, and they have the prescribed protection of the nose and mouth. Police officers did not let go of several buses outside the districts, which were heading to Prague for a demonstration against government measures.

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