The Czech prime minister has accused pro-Russian forces of inciting anti-government protests

The Czech prime minister has accused pro-Russian forces of inciting anti-government protests

Conservative Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS, ECR) accuses pro-Russian forces of being behind a protest against the Czech government’s foreign and economic policies, which was attended by 70,000 people.

The event was organized by radical political groups, including the Communist Party and the Party for Freedom and Direct Democracy.

The organizers denounced high energy prices and the current government’s pro-Western policies. They also demanded short-term contracts for cheap gas and oil supplies or the renewal of public TV and radio stations.

The event was titled “Czech Republic First”. Some participants carried anti-EU or anti-NATO banners.

“It is clear that Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns repeatedly appear on our territory and someone just falls for it.”said Mr Fiala in response to the demonstration on Saturday (September 3).

However, some politicians in the ruling coalition said they understood the reasons why people took part in the demonstration.

“The statement (by Mr. Fiala) itself is not happy. It is necessary to think about it and see what makes people protest.”said Martin Kuba (ODS, ECR), Governor of the South Bohemia Region.

Czech households are currently facing a rapid increase in energy prices and inflation of 17%. “If the government ignores this, there could be a problem”he added on Sunday for CNN Prima News.

At the same time, opposition parties have sharply criticized the government for its inadequate support program for people and businesses affected by the price hikes. Last week, the largest opposition party, ANO, led by former Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, called for a no-confidence vote, but failed to secure a majority.

Reference: www.euractiv.fr

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