Tens of thousands of Czechs on Friday rallied in the capital against the pro-Western government and its support for Ukraine’s fight against the Russian invasion.
The rally follows two others at Prague’s central Wenceslas Square and was smaller than the 70,000 who gathered for the same reasons on September 3, according to police estimates.
Held under the slogan “The Czech Republic First”, the protest united the far right with the far left and various fringe groups. Its organizers are known for pro-Russian views and opposition to COVID-19 vaccines.
With soaring energy, food and housing prices hitting the country, the protesters were demanding the resignation of the coalition government led by conservative Prime Minister Petr Fiala.
The protesters have also repeatedly condemned the government for its support of Ukraine and the European Union sanctions against Russia.
Czechia has been a staunch supporter of Ukraine, donated heavy weapons to the Ukrainian army and given about 450,000 visas to Ukrainian refugees that give them access to health care, financial help, work permits and other benefits.