70,000 Rally in Prague Against EU, NATO and the Czech Government

Gov't dubs the pro-gas, anti-sanctions "Czech Republic First" rally as serving Russia

70,000 is the police estimate so could have been more

Source: Deutsche Welle

An estimated 70,000 protesters from the far-right and far-left rallied in central Prague against the Czech government on Saturday.

Some of the groups represented at the demonstration were the populist anti-migrant Freedom and Direct Democracy Party and the Communist Party.

Dubbed “Czech Republic First,” the protest highlighted rising inflation fueled by a rise in energy prices, Covid-19 vaccinations, and immigrants.

The protesters demanded the resignation of the current coalition government led by conservative Prime Minister Petr Fiala, which had taken office last December.

Protesters slam government over Ukraine policy

The organizers of the demonstration said the Czech Republic should be militarily neutral and ensure direct contracts with gas suppliers, including Russia.

The protesters condemned the government for supporting sanctions against Russia over its war in Ukraine and accused it of being unable to cope with soaring energy prices.

They said the government pays more attention to war-torn Ukraine than to its own citizens. “The best for the Ukrainians and two sweaters for us,” read a banner, a reference to concerns about heating costs in winter.

The Czech Republic, which currently holds the rotating EU presidency, has taken in around 400,000 refugees from Ukraine and has provided significant military and humanitarian aid to the war-torn country.

The rally in Prague came a day after the government survived a no-confidence vote after the opposition claimed it would not crack down on inflation and energy prices.

Petr Fiala, who leads the center-right five-party coalition, said the protesters did not have the country’s best interests at heart.

“The protest on Wenceslas Square was called by forces that are pro-Russian, are close to extreme positions and are against the interests of the Czech Republic,” Fiala said. “It is clear that Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns are present on our territory and some people simply listen to them.”

The Czech government plans to convene an emergency meeting of EU countries next week to find a common approach to tackling the energy crisis.

Source: Reuters

An estimated 70,000 people protested in Prague against the Czech government on Saturday, calling on the ruling coalition to do more to control soaring energy prices and voicing opposition to the European Union and NATO.

Organisers of the demonstration from a number of far-right and fringe political groups including the Communist party, said the central European nation should be neutral militarily and ensure direct contracts with gas suppliers, including Russia.

Police estimates put the number of protesters at around 70,000 by mid-afternoon.

“The aim of our demonstration is to demand change, mainly in solving the issue of energy prices, especially electricity and gas, which will destroy our economy this autumn,” event co-organizer Jiri Havel told iDNES.cz news website.

  1. William A White says

    Common sense rising, the EU scum leaders won’t like that!
    Nice to see some people in Europe have a brain, good luck with you protest, you are doing the right thing.

  2. Mike says

    This is just the start as people have enough of slava ukraina and watching their countries being destroyed to support the so-called green elites. When you support a war that has nothing to do with your country and do so to the point of harming your own citizens, it’s time to be kicked out badly.

    They really need some HUGE balls to blame Russia for everything happening in Europe. It’s got nothing to do with Russia! They are blaming Russia to push their WEF green agenda/Build back better. It was the EU that put sanctions on Russia but, surprise surprise, they did not hurt Russia but sure as hell is destroying Europe’s economies.

    No worries people. Just wear two sweaters, don’t use your car (like you have a choice with the price of petrol), attack farmers, and pray that you will get through winter because of Russia. By the way, don’t forget a few more vaccines till next summer.

    WTFU people! They are playing us. Do you think that those politicians will suffer? Hell no! The suffering part is for the people…NOT THEM!

    All that to support one of the worse corrupt if not the worse one, country in Europe? It’s just a smoke screen to push their green agenda and deindustrialization of Germany…NOTHING MORE!

  3. Abraham Lincoln says

    Hey pro racist supremacist Jewish empire you are losing everywhere!

  4. Arraya says

    Greta Thurnberg is pissed

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