Thousands of people demonstrated again in Prague, this Sunday, to demand the resignation of the government due to the economic problems caused by high inflation, as well as a peaceful solution to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
News of Sunday’s protest reports that some people were signing a petition demanding that the Czech Republic leave the NATO military alliance.
It is the second time that a protest of this size has taken place in Wenceslas Square, in the capital of the Czech Republic. The first took place on March 11, under the slogan “against poverty”, organized by a new political party known as PRO, which has no seat in Parliament.
Demonstrators, speakers at the protest and the head of the populist group, Jindrich Rajchl, blamed the European Union and the Czech government for the rise in inflation and repeatedly called for the resignation of the current five-party coalition, according to international agencies.
Inflation remains high, but has been coming down in recent months, falling to 15% in March, down from 16.7% in February and 17.5% in the previous month, in the Czech Republic.
The protest took place at a time when the Prime Minister, Petr Fiala, is on a trip to Asia.
The government’s resignation was the slogan, voiced to the crowd by Rajchl, a lawyer by profession, former deputy head of the Czech football association and leader of PRO.
Rajchl said that the group he leads is ready to further intensify the protests and also calls for the government to stop taking measures aimed at reducing misinformation and fake news.
The Czech Republic has supported Kiev since Russian troops invaded Ukraine, notably by providing arms to the Ukrainian military and hosting around 500,000 refugees.
The PRO leader considers Defense Minister Jana Cernochova “the biggest security risk for the country” for being a supporter of the pro-Ukraine position.