Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters took to the streets in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, on Saturday.
The protest was called “Czech Republic in First Place” by the demonstrators.
Protests in Czech Republic
On Saturday, September 3, the central Wenceslas Square in the Czech capital saw one of the largest rallies in recent decades, if not the largest.
It has been a very long time since “Golden Prague” has witnessed this many demonstrators at a rally in the city.
The protest reportedly began with 20,000 people, then rose to 30,000, then to 50,000.
People continued to visit the protest venue, according to the information MandyNews.com was able to gather. When there were 70,000 protestors, the Czech police reportedly concluded that the capacity for protests had been reached and announced precisely this number of protesters.
However, the final number of demonstrators ended up being considerably higher; over 100,000 Czech citizens went out to demonstrate against the government’s policies.
Why protest in Czech Republic?
Reduced inflation, more government assistance for people in need, and cheaper gas and electricity prices are the major demands of the protesters in the Czech Republic. However, the protesters did not just focus on social and economic issues.
They called for the reestablishment of regular ties with Moscow (including reaching a direct agreement with Russia for the provision of inexpensive gas), the rejection of anti-Russian sanctions, and the end of the sale of arms to Ukraine.
Furthermore, the protesters gave the administration a firm deadline by demanding the resignation of the prime minister and his whole cabinet. Otherwise, there will be a widespread uprising against the existing administration in the Czech Republic.
Our efforts to abolish this regime will not stop. Thousands of Czechs shouted on Wenceslas Square, “We will demand the resignation of the current ministry, which is against us.”
The fact that the Czech Republic’s local governments and upper chamber of parliament will be up for election on September 23–24 lends the protest a unique weight.
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