Tens of thousands of protesters against the Czech government
Tens of thousands of far-right and far-left protesters joined forces in the Czech capital to rally against the pro-Western government.
Police estimated the crowd in Prague’s central Wenceslas Square to be around 70,000 on Saturday.
Among the groups represented at the protest were the main populist anti-migrant Freedom and Direct Democracy party and the Communist Party.
The demonstrators demanded the resignation of the current coalition government, led by conservative Prime Minister Petr Fiala.
They blame him for a number of problems, including his Western-oriented policies.
They also condemned the government for its support for sanctions against Russia for its war in Ukraine and accused it of not being able to cope with soaring energy prices.
The demonstrators also denounced the NATO and European Union plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve climate neutrality.
The country belongs to both organizations.
Fiala said everyone had the right to protest, but said those demonstrating were expressing pro-Russian views that were not “in the interest” of the country or its citizens.
Czechia (Czech Republic) strongly supports Ukraine in its fight against the Russian invasion and has donated weapons, including heavy weapons, to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The government plans to convene an emergency meeting of EU countries next week to seek a united approach to the energy crisis.
The Czechs currently hold the bloc’s rotating presidency.
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