Amid ever escalating tensions over the West’s proxy war in Ukraine and the devastating inflation ripping Europe apart, Czech protesters gathered in Prague demanding the coalition government’s resignation, the Associated Press reports.
The rally saw tens of thousands of citizens condemning their government’s support for Kiev, including the provision of heavy weapons, as well as sanctions on Russia. A smaller, similar rally was held in Brno, the country’s second-largest city.
The demonstrators’ slogan was "Czech Republic First." As with other recent protests throughout the continent, the left and right are uniting in their opposition to the West’s economic and proxy warfare against Russia.
One speaker said "Russia’s not our enemy, the government of warmongers is the enemy," according to the AP.
Protesters "repeatedly condemned the government for its support of Ukraine and the European Union sanctions against Russia, opposed Czech membership in the EU, NATO and other international organizations," the report said.
Leaders in Prague dismissed the protests. Interior Minister Vit Rakusan tweeted "[w]e know who’s our friend and who’s bleeding for our freedom," adding "we also know who’s our enemy."
The Washington-led sanctions blitz has cut Europe off from cheap Russian gas upon which it has long relied. In the Czech Republic, energy, housing, and food prices soaring. The inflation rate is 17.8%.
Similar protests are occurring in Italy, Germany, and France. “Strikes and protests over the rising cost of living proliferate, ushering in a period of social and labor unrest not seen since at least the 1970s,” the New York Times reported earlier this month.
In September, Prague saw massive demonstrations of 70,000 people, again from the left and right, protesting against NATO’s proxy war in Ukraine and rising energy prices caused by the sanctions campaign. Those protesters also called for the resignation of Prime Minister Petr Fiala’s center-right coalition government. "We intensively support the justified fight of the Ukrainian people," Fiala has declared.
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24 thoughts on “Czech Protesters Rail Against Inflation, Sanctions, and the Ukraine Proxy War”
“We know who’s are enemy ….” hear the bell that summons thee to heaven … or to hell.
Cold this morning …
Same here Mr. Christian!
No worries, no sleep till WWIII: 1. “The number of protestors is small or smaller.” 2. The protestors “are a mixture of various, mostly far-right, fringe groups with pro-Kremlin and anti-vaccine tendencies.” 3. Other reasons: “The purpose of the action is to pressure the government to stop all investments in fossil fuels.”
Taken care of. Next? (S)
I can add references, but it seems no one cares to verify truth from propaganda.
“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
You should stretch that out into a play.
If there is less food on the dinner table, there will be blood.
Stop these self-destructive sanctions. We are sick of inflation and recession for a war that we provoked ourselves and now refuses to negotiate to end. Good for the European antiwar movement to finally come alive!
Regime change is coming to the US. Soon it will break into smaller states unable to commit daily world-wide atrocities against completely innocent moms, dads and their children.
Whoever thinks the brainwashing that guides US citizenry fear can sustain a war against Russia, China, and Iran cannot see. The world, includes US citizens. Everyone is uniting to face the US holocaust. A thin veil of verbal crapola via CIA written national news monopolies will be surprised by spontaneous human joy when the US and its barbaric European colonies collapse into dust.
Hope springs eternal …
Hope … or nuclear “erasure”.
Do I detect a hint of optimism?!
I’m old enough to be utterly cynical, but as they say “Scratch a cynic and you will find an optimist.”
But an embarrassed optimist.
At 78, I am cynical by orders of magnitude.
The protests will grow as the weather gets colder and factories close more and food gets more expensive. It should be a historic winter.
Cold makes the water cannons more effective, but it occurs to me that some percentage of our Ukrainian bound hardware probably fell off the truck and made its way to the Czech Republic and I don’t think those water cannon trucks have any armor to speak of. Buy yeah, interesting winter coming up. The other spin is rifling.
Hope we’re around to see that historic winter.
Sounds like another right wing rally, just like the one that had a neo-Nazi singer kick things off with the national anthem, and a bunch of anti-Semitic, anti-aroma speakers. https://romea.cz/en/czech-republic/demonstration-against-the-czech-govt-this-friday-is-more-like-a-disinformation-election-rally-by-pro-kremlin-xenophobic/
When the winter comes all our new recruits are going to freeze to death. We called up 300,000 recruits, almost all of them ethical minorities in the Far East (very few from Moscow!).
We struggled to even give them weapons and ammunition, they can forget about winter clothes.
It’s time to hold our president accountable for this monumental cluster fu*k of a war!
What’s in a name? Nothing, that’s what.
Mr. Fiala should remember that the October Uprising began with a call for the Czar to step down over the horrors he subjected his people to in the First World War. They eventually got tired of asking politely.
“Czech Protesters Rail Against Inflation, Sanctions, and the Ukraine Proxy War”
Apparently the citizens of the Czech nation do not want to be near the NATO nuke war if it comes to that insane end!
What boggles my mind is why Amerikkkans aren’t doing the same, at least not to my knowledge.
Every week when I return from grocery shopping, I tell hubs, Er, this may be the last week we eat. An exaggeration of course, but it’s beyond discouraging to see the most basic items ( I ain’t talkin’ filet mignon, or pot roast for that matter) rise in price on a weekly basis.
Of course ByeDone has no knowledge or cares about such. HE’S chowing down the aforementioned items, while we’re eating pasta and rice dishes.
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