Czech Republic – Protest against sanctions against Russia – Politics

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Prague against the liberal-conservative government of Prime Minister Petr Fiala. The organizers demanded the resignation of the cabinet and an end to the sanctions against Russia because of the Ukraine war on the central Wenceslas Square on Wednesday. They also advocated military neutrality, though Czech Republic is a member of NATO. At the beginning of the event, under the motto “Czech Republic first”, a band considered to be right-wing radicals played the national anthem. The Prague economics professor Miroslav Sevcik was one of the main speakers. He claimed that the sanctions against Russia would hurt the West itself the most. The German AfD MEP Christine Anderson had a guest appearance. “Your fight is my fight,” said the 54-year-old. There were also smaller rallies in Brünn (Brno) and Ostrava. The Czech government had recently come under pressure because of the high energy prices. It recently responded with a relief package that includes, among other things, electricity and gas price caps for households and small consumers. The cabinet provided subsidies amounting to the equivalent of 1.2 billion euros for large-scale consumers from industry.

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