Pieta in Vítkov commemorated the anniversary of the founding of the state, due to an epidemic without a public
Prague – Politicians, army representatives and war veterans today commemorated the 103rd anniversary of the founding of independent Czechoslovakia at the National Memorial in Vítkov, Prague. Wreaths were laid at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (YES), Senate President Miloš Vystrčil (ODS), Ministry of Defense Lubomír Metnar (for YES) or Chief of General Staff Aleš Opata. President Miloš Zeman, who is hospitalized, could not attend. He was represented by the Chief of the Military Office of the President of the Republic, Jan Kaš. In a statement for journalists, Babiš talks about the sovereignty of the Czech Republic, in which the country should not be allowed to interfere, he mentioned the European Union.
In response to his words, Senate President Miloš Vystrčil (ODS) said that “if someone does something for the sovereignty and originality of the Czech Republic, it is especially the parliamentary diplomacy of the Czech Senate” and that Babiš should be inspired by it. He stood out on Wednesday in Prague, meeting with Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. The meeting was criticized by the Chinese embassy in Prague. China considers Taiwan to be part of it.
The traditional ceremony at Vítkov was canceled last year due to the coronavirus epidemic. The action was complicated by fog. Gripen and military helicopters could not take off because of her. Due to the worsening of the covid-19 epidemic, all participants in the ceremony today had to have respirators and public participation was not allowed, which some were displeased with. Dozens of people who wanted to see the ceremony gathered. Representatives of the press department of the Ministry of Defense told ČTK that the decision was made by the chief hygienist of the Ministry of Defense, who has powers as directors of regional hygienic stations.
The premiere of Andrej Babiš about the extraordinary significance of today’s holiday. “Ours used to create everything for an independent state. They built it with enthusiasm and built it great, because during the First Republic they were among the ten most industrialized countries in the world. We were the largest manufacturers of military equipment in the world,” he said.
According to him, the Czech Republic should not allow interference in its sovereignty and respect its independence. “We are a sovereign state, even though we are part of the European Union and NATO, we should not let foreign institutions and foreign states interfere with our sovereignty. Czech citizens need to know about the future of our country, not institutions that increasingly affect our lives,” he told reporters.
According to him, it interferes the most with the sovereignty of the EU country, its ecological plan for diversion from fossil fuels, the so-called Green Deal, he called “complete hell”. “On Monday I’m flying to Glasgow (at the UN Climate Change Conference) to listen to various nonsensical speeches about saving the planet. Yes, we are protecting nature, but we cannot save it by finally returning to the caves,” he added. .
“I think that if someone does something for the sovereignty and originality of the Czech Republic, it is mainly the parliamentary diplomacy of the Czech Senate,” commented Babiš’s words by Senate President Miloš Vystrčil (ODS). According to him, Babiš should be inspired by this. The Chamber of Deputies was represented at Vítkov today by ODS MP Jana Černochová, who is speculated to be a possible future Ministry of Defense.
Events to establish a republic are now taking place in other parts of the republic. People commemorate the anniversary in Brno, Olomouc and Ostrava. A ceremonial changing of the guard took place at Prague Castle. In the evening, Prague Castle will be lit by the colors of the tricolor.
However, due to Zeman’s illness, the awarding of the highest state decorations does not take place. The castle moved the ceremony on January 1. Prague Castle, however, in the evening a list of the winners, just like last year, published on its website.
The memorial in Vítkov was erected between 1929 and 1938 in honor of Czechoslovak legionaries. After 1948, it served to promote the communist regime, and important representatives of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia were buried in it. In 1953, the Mausoleum of Klement Gottwald was erected in the memorial. After the fall of communism in 1989, all the buried people were taken away, now the memorial is managed by the National Museum.
Senators honored the establishment of the republic in Prague by laying flowers at the statue of Masaryk
Today, representatives of the Senate honored the establishment of an independent republic by placing flowers at the statue of the first Czechoslovak president Tomáš Garrigu Masaryk (TGM) on Hradčanské náměstí in Prague. According to Senate President Miloš Vystrčil (ODS), it is necessary to further care for the sovereignty and independence of the country and its democratic principles. According to him, the recent elections to the Chamber of Deputies, in which the opposition succeeded, brought hope in this context. From the morning, the statue of Masaryk had flowers and wreaths dedicated, for example, by President Miloš Zeman or the Chamber of Deputies.
The President of the Upper House recalled that Czechoslovakia also stood on parliamentary democracy and two parliamentary chambers. “We wanted to remind you that the democratic principles on which the independent Czechoslovak Republic was founded need to be further revived and nurtured for the country’s sovereignty and independence, which I think the Senate is doing well, across the parties,” Vystrčil said.
Together with Vystrčil, the current vice-presidents of the Senate, Jitka Seitlová (KDU-ČSL) and Jiří Růžička (TOP 09), are reverent at the TGM statue. Even before that, the senators honored the establishment of the republic during the piety in Vítkov.
Today, other Czech politicians commemorated the establishment of Czechoslovakia. For example, MP and chairman of the Czech Pirate Party Ivan Bartoš, MP Olga Richterová (Pirates) and Mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirates) were this morning at the statue of the first president on Bachmačské náměstí in Prague’s Dejvice. “Let us see this day as an opportunity to celebrate what we can be proud of. Although we have never been a great force in terms of strength or size, our main strength always lies in the convictions and values on which our state was founded. The values of humanism and democracy, “said Mayor Hřib on Facebook. This afternoon, university rectors will traditionally also lay flowers at the statue of the first Czechoslovak president.
Representatives of the region, city or army commemorated the anniversary of the founding of the state in Ostrava
Representatives of the Moravian-Silesian Region, the city of Ostrava, the army, the police and a number of organizations today commemorated the 103rd anniversary of the founding of independent Czechoslovakia at the Memorial to the Battlefields of the First and Second World Wars in Husov sad in the center of Ostrava. Governor Ivo Vondrák and Mayor Tomáš Macura (both YES) wished the people to be able to cope with the current easy times.
The reverential act was opened by the orchestra with the national anthem. Vondrak and Macura then recalled the euphoria that was on the streets in 1918. “It is a time that is not easy at all, I dare say that we may be more divided than we have in the past. We are facing an enemy that is invisible, which is really very dangerous, and I think all the more that we should be positive, unite and oppose it together, “said the governor. According to him, it will not be easy to deal with the current situation, but people should show that they are a united nation and they will always remember the legacy of October 28, 1918.
Macura said he was commemorating October 28 as a day to take responsibility for his own actions. “Freedom, independence and, on the other hand, responsibility are two sides of the same coin. Even today there are states and there are people full of mouths about their own freedom, that they are masters of their own destiny and can decide for themselves without they look at the rights of their neighbors, their loved ones, the fate of the planet and so on, “said the mayor. According to him, he should solve freedom and responsibility mainly within himself.
Despite the problems or reservations about the surroundings or the system, according to Macura, “we live in a wonderful time, in an amazing state and a beautiful city.” If we have any reservations about what is around us, then we have not only the right, the possibility, but also the moral obligation to try, at least to try, to change those things, “said the mayor.
The participants then placed 30 wreaths and a bouquet at the monument. They were put there, for example, by representatives of the Polish and Russian consulates, the Parliament, city districts, freedom fighters, legionnaires and war veterans.
“I take part in such events, I forget, I led my children and grandchildren to it. Personally, I like to take part in everyone, and to the establishment of our republic, which I love terribly, from a young age and I have been leading to it. If I live to do it I will go here, “František Mareš from the legionary village told ČTK. He met a number of friends at the monument, adding that there were few witnesses.
Every year on October 28, Ostrava commemorates not only the establishment of Czechoslovakia, but also the anniversary of the opening of the New Town Hall in 1930. Last year, the event did not take place due to a coronavirus pandemic, but this year the city is once again holding an Open Day at the town hall.
In the building and on Prokešov Square in front of it, a program for families with children is prepared from 14:00. The main stars of the music part are the singer Kaczi and the band Bandjeez. The accompanying program in the spirit of the First Republic includes historic vehicles and bicycles, a legionary tent with gendarmes, a historic post office and fashion shows in the style of the 1920s and 1930s. The town hall tower will be accessible free of charge.