Prime Minister Peter Fiala told reporters that Saturday’s demonstration in Wenceslas Square, which was attended by tens of thousands of people, was called by forces claiming to be pro-Russian, close to extremist positions and opposed to the interests of the Czech Republic. . Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Vita Rakochan (STAN) said on Twitter that he takes seriously the concerns of the people who attended the rally. According to him, the solution to the situation does not lie in inclination to Putin’s Russia. According to the police, 70,000 people gathered for an anti-government demonstration. The head of the ANO movement, Andrej Babis, said he was not surprised by such a large number, and would not be surprised if more came next time.
Czech Prime Minister Petr Viala.
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The Prime Minister travels to Central Bohemia as part of the campaign ahead of the municipal elections. “It is clear that the Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns appear again and again on our lands and someone succumbs to them,” Fiala said. He added that every person has the right to express his views and demonstrate. “Explanation of the events I experienced. The opportunity that we will see so far indicates strongly pro-Russian positions, and in my opinion they do not correspond to the interests of the Czech Republic and our citizens.”
Prime Minister for his words on Twitter He criticized the head of the country’s largest union headquarters, Joseph Stedola. “I have already suffered the belittling of all participants without evidence in 2012 with the ODS government. You are still going the wrong way, Mr. Prime Minister”, wrote the President of the Czech Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (ČMKOS)
According to Stedola, today’s demonstration was mainly the result of bad government action and people’s fears about the future. He added that if the cabinet does not act to protect individuals and businesses, the demonstrations will not only continue, but will only grow stronger.
Even opposition movement leader ANO Babiš would not be surprised if more people came to the anti-government demonstration next time. “I’ve been traveling around the country for the past few months and have heard how desperate and angry people are. I hope the five coalition leaders who smiled arrogantly after their speeches in the House of Representatives when they expressed their mistrust of the government,” Babish wrote on Facebook.
Image: We want a resignation. 70,000 people came to demonstrate against the government in Prague
According to him, the government is losing in the cities and the streets with its arrogance, inefficiency and ambiguity, even though it enjoys a majority in the House of Representatives. The opposition failed this week in an attempt to pass a vote of no confidence in the government.
Austria’s Interior Minister said today that he takes seriously the concerns of the people who attended the rally. “That is why we are working on solutions that will ease people’s fear of the future. But these solutions do not lie in Russia’s preference for Putin, I do not agree with the speakers on that,” said the Deputy Prime Minister. At the same time, he warned that the public should not be divided. “The division of society is one of the objectives of the hybrid war we are facing.” Twitter.
Citizens who are going through hard times and who are afraid should be taken seriously and listened to, according to TOP 09 Head of Government Markéta Pekarová Adamová. “But if anyone expects us to lean into the Russian criminal system, they won’t understand it,” she wrote on Twitter.
The protest, called the Czech Republic in the first place, was a joint action of organizations, political parties and citizens who disagree with current politics and want change. The main demand of the organizers is the resignation of the government and the call for new elections.