Tens of thousands of people marched in the Czech Republic’s capital of Prague on Wednesday to protest against the government’s handling of the energy crisis, the EU, and NATO.
It marked the second time within a month that massive demonstrations took place in the city as Western sanctions against Russia are backfiring on Europe and energy prices are soaring.
The demonstrations in Prague have brought together parties from across the political spectrum. According to Reuters, the organizing group known as “Czech Republic First!” is against Prague’s EU and NATO memberships and wants the country to be militarily neutral.
“This government is absolutely anti-Czech. It only serves Brussels, American power and NATO. It has no regard for Czech citizens’ interests,” one demonstrator told Reuters.
European leaders across the continent are worried about increasing civil unrest as winter is approaching. In Germany, thousands have gathered in recent days in the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to demand that Berlin open the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to ease energy prices.
Both Nord Stream pipelines, which connect Russia and Germany, were the target of explosions this week that are being investigated as sabotage. The Nord Stream 2 has never been fully operational as Berlin paused the project after Russia invaded Ukraine.