Prague protests – level 3

09-09-2022 07:00

In Prague, the Czech Republic, an estimated 70,000 people protested against the government.

Protesters called on the coalition in power to control the soaring energy prices, and they voiced opposition to the EU and NATO. Organizers of the demonstration from a number of far-right and fringe political groups, including the Communist party, said that the country should have a neutral military. They also said it should ensure direct contracts with gas suppliers, including Russia.

The city center protest happened a day after the government survived a no-confidence vote amid opposition claims of inaction against inflation and energy prices. One of the event co-organizers said if the government didn’t solve the issue of electricity and gas prices, it would destroy the Czech economy in autumn.

Difficult words: far-right (having extreme or nationalistic political views), fringe (extreme or unusual), no-confidence vote (a formal vote where people indicate they no longer support a leader or government).

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