Major Protest in EU Capital Calls For Direct Gas Talks With Russia

Tens of thousands of demonstrators filled Prague’s central square, on Friday, to decry rampant inflation amid the Czech government’s support for anti-Russia sanctions and aid packages to Ukraine.

They called for direct gas talks with Moscow and the resignation of Prime Minister Petr Fiala and his cabinet. Participants chanted “resign, resign” while waving Czechian national flags.

The latest rally follows two similar protests last month, including one that reportedly attracted an estimated 70,000 people.

The crowd in Wenceslas Square demanded an end to Czechia’s participation in anti-Russia sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, which have contributed to soaring energy and food prices.

“Russia’s not our enemy, the government of warmongers is our enemy,” the Associated Press cited one speaker at the rally as saying. A group named Czech Republic First, which has organized the protests, opposes NATO and has called for the country to adopt a militarily neutral stance.

“This is a new national revival, and its goal is for the Czech Republic to be independent,” Reuters quoted organizer Ladislav Vrabel as saying. “When I see a full square, no one can stop this.”

Fiala’s government has shrugged off the protestors, calling them “pro-Russian” and accusing their organizers of listening to Russian disinformation campaigns. Czechia joined NATO in March 1999, just days before the US-led bloc attacked Yugoslavia, and became a member of the EU in 2004.

“We know who our friends are and who is bleeding for our freedom,” Interior Minister Vit Rakusan said on Friday in a Twitter post. “And we also know who our foes are, and we will not let them steal our patriotism.”

Czechia has been hit particularly hard by the European energy crisis, at least partly because of its historic reliance on Russian natural gas. Households in the country are reportedly incurring the second-highest electricity prices in the EU, behind only Estonia. Czechia’s inflation rate soared to 18% in September.

**By RT


One Reply to “Major Protest in EU Capital Calls For Direct Gas Talks With Russia”

  1. Mihai

    You can believe the Russians because they did what they said.
    When the Americans speak, you have to believe only one word out of 10 lies.
    The Communist Republic of America, the land of absolute evil, a satanic kibbutz, must disappear forever under the waters as predicted by Edgar Cayse.
    In Ukraine, the Russian army destroyed 31 biological weapons laboratories of the CIA, Mossad and NATO, which were making biological weapons with which the American Satanists and others wanted to kill 90% of humanity.
    The nuclear war story is for fools, because no nuclear warheads are active anymore.
    The rockets can go towards the chosen targets but they fall like stones without exploding.
    Those who defend us people from the satanists in the USA, Switzerland, Ukraine and other satanic countries, have defused all the nuclear warheads for many years, and are deactivating the ones that are being built now.