Updates: 06/06/2021 16:24
Released: 06/06/2021, 15:00
Prague – An anti-government demonstration of the Open Czechia-Wanted PES movement took place on Prague’s Wenceslas Square after 2 pm. The organizers criticized mainly the measures introduced by the government due to the spread of covid-19. The event is attended by about a hundred supporters of the movement and was supervised by dozens of police officers. She finished shortly before 4:00 p.m.
The participants had banners with the inscriptions School without veils, Stop covid passports or Stop covid totalitarianism. The chairman of the movement, Jakub Olbert, criticized, among other things, the government’s issuance of measures that were later overturned by the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) for illegality. It concerned, for example, the general closure of schools and restaurants. The vice-president of the movement, Jiří Janeček, said that they were planning another demonstration on Wednesday. It should take place from nine o’clock on Malostranské náměstí.
During the event, according to Violet Siřišťová, a spokeswoman for the Prague police, the police detained one person to disobey the calls, otherwise the demonstration went without disturbing public order. The police repeatedly warn the organizers of the need to use mouth and nose protection.
Representatives of other movements also spoke at the demonstration, such as MP Zuzana Majerová Zahradníková from Tricolor. “I will not be vaccinated to buy freedom,” he said. With the gradual relaxation of some anti-epidemic measures, the government sets conditions for the operation of services, shops, sports, culture and other activities. In many cases, people have to prove themselves with a negative test for covid-19, proof of illness or confirmation of vaccination.
Supporters from political parties, who appear on the candidate candidate to open the Czechia in the autumn parliamentary elections, are also taking part in the demonstration. Representatives of the National Democracy, Reasonable and Alliance of National Forces (ANS) parties promised to run for the movement.
The movement originally operated as a PESP initiative, aimed at countering government custody restricting coronavirus business. In March this year, it changed into the political movement Open Czechia – I wanted PES with the ambition to run for the Chamber of Deputies.