Rising prices push tens of thousands of people onto the streets of Prague against the government, Brussels and NATO

Some 70,000 people protested in Prague on Saturday against the Czech government, urging the ruling coalition to do more to contain high energy prices.

The demonstrators also expressed their disagreement with the European Union and NATO.

The organizers of the demonstration, who belong to a number of right-wing political groups, including the Communist Party, said the Central European country should remain militarily neutral and ensure direct contracts with gas suppliers, including Russia.

One of the organisers, Jerry Havel, told the Czech news site IDNES: “The goal of our demonstration is to demand change, especially with regard to solving the problem of energy prices, in particular electricity and gas, which will destroy our economy this autumn. .” “.

The protest took place on Wenceslas Square in the city center, a day after the government passed a vote of no confidence amid accusations by the opposition of being inactive in the face of inflation and energy prices.

“The protest on Wenceslas Square was caused by pro-Russian forces whose positions are more radical and contrary to the interests of the Czech Republic,” Prime Minister Peter Fiala, who heads the five-party centre-right coalition, told the CTK news agency. Saturday.

Source: agencies

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