Thousands gathered in the streets of Prague on Sunday to protest the Czech government’s handling of Europe’s energy crisis and support of the Ukraine war that has caused skyrocketing inflation for many living within the country’s borders. The new populist party, PRO, organized the protest. Demonstrators called for resignations from all five parties with seats in the Czech parliament and the current Prime Minister Petr Fiala. In addition to the economic perils brought on by the Czech government’s support of the Ukraine war, many have been critical of the executive authority the country has taken in shutting down media voices it deems as spreading “misinformation” about the war. The rally was the second of its kind to take place, with a similar one organized by PRO taking place in March of this year.
BREITBART: Thousands of Anti-Govt Protesters Rally in Prague Against Soaring Inflation, Support for Ukraine War
By Breitbart London; April 16, 2023
PRAGUE (AP) – Thousands of people rallied again in the Czech capital on Sunday to protest high inflation and demand the government´s resignation.
It was the second such rally at Prague´s Wenceslas Square after one on March 11 that was organized by a new political party known as PRO under an “against the poverty” banner.
The demonstrators, speakers at the protest and the head of the populist group, Jindrich Rajchl, blamed the European Union and the Czech government for soaring inflation and all repeatedly called on the current five-party coalition to resign.
“We want the government’s resignation,” Rajchl told the crowd. Rajchl, a lawyer by profession, is the former deputy head of the Czech soccer association.
“Resign, resign,” the protesters chanted.
“We’re here to stand by our country,” Rajchl said.
His group, whose name in English stands for Law, Respect, Expertise has no seats in parliament.
Rajchl claimed his group was ready to further escalate the protests.
Inflation has been high but on the decline in recent months, dropping to 15% in March, down from 16.7% in February and 17.5% the month before.
The protesters also want the Czech government to stop taking actions that are intended to reduce misinformation and fake news.
Although Raichl rejected his group is pro-Russia, the protesters condemned the government’s stance in Russia’s war against Ukraine.
The Czech Republic has staunchly supported the government in Kyiv since Russian troops invaded Ukraine. The country has provided weapons for the Ukrainian military and taken in about 500,000 refugees.
Rajchl called Defense Minister Jana Cernochova, a vocal supporter of the pro-Ukraine stance, “the biggest security risk for our country.”
Some people at the rally were signing a petition demanding the country quits NATO.
Protesters were planning to march to the government office later Sunday. Prime Minister Petr Fiala is currently on a trip to Asia.
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