Tens of thousands of Czechs protest against government, EU and NATO | Abroad

Tens of thousands of Czechs protest against government, EU and NATO | Abroad
Tens of thousands of Czechs protest against government, EU and NATO | Abroad

Both far-right and fringe political groups, including the communist party, believe that the Czech Republic is better off as a militarily neutral country and should be able to do business with oil and gas suppliers, including Russia.

Police estimated that about 70,000 people gathered in Wenceslas Square in the center of the capital during the afternoon. This made it the largest demonstration due to the sharpest rise in the cost of living in thirty years.

Inflation in the Czech Republic is currently the highest since 1993, mainly due to housing costs and energy prices. The central bank even predicts a peak of 20 percent in the coming months. The government has pledged a total of 177 billion kronor (7.2 billion euros) in state aid. This will allow, among other things, to increase pensions and civil servants’ salaries. A large part of the money is intended as an energy subsidy.

Prime Minister Petr Fiala, who survived a vote of no confidence on Friday, told CTK news agency that the activists do not want the best for the country. “The call for the protest in Wenceslas Square came from forces that are pro-Russian, chafing against extreme views and that are against the interests of the Czech Republic.”

The article is in Dutch

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