Protests in Prague, Building Pressure on Czech Govt to Control Soaring Energy Prices

Protests in Prague, Building Pressure on Czech Govt to Control Soaring Energy Prices

Protests in Prague, Building Pressure on Czech Govt to Control Soaring Energy Prices

It is estimated that 70,000 people protested in Prague against the Czech government on Saturday, calling for ruling coalitions to do more to control the energy prices that surged and voiced opposition to the European Union and NATO.

The organizer of protests from several right-wing political groups, including the Communist Party, said that Central European countries must be militarily neutral and ensure direct contracts with gas suppliers, including Russia.

The police estimate the number of protesters around 70,000 by midafternoon.

“The objective of our demonstration is to demand a change, mainly in the resolution of the issue of energy prices, in particular electricity and gas, which will destroy our economy this fall,” said the co- Organizer of the event, Jiri Havel.

The protest at Wenceslas Square in the city center was held the day after the government survived the voice of no confidence amid opposition claims not to act on inflation and energy prices.

The voting shows how the European energy crisis feeding political instability because of the soaring prices of power triggers inflation, which is already at a level that is not visible in three decades.

Prime Minister Petr Fiala, who led the coalition of five party’s right-middle, told CTK News Service on Saturday that the protesters did not have the country’s best interests.

“The demonstration on the place of Wenceslas has been called by pro-Russian forces, are close to extreme positions and are contrary to the interests of the Czech Republic,” he said.

Although there are more than 400,000 Ukrainian migrants in the Czech Republic, which continues its presidency of the EU, the Prague administration was one of the main countries that supported the Kyiv administration in terms of military ammunition and logistics since the start of the war.

Protests in Prague, Building Pressure on Czech Govt to Control Soaring Energy Prices