Anti-government demonstration on September 3 in Prague? More like a pre-election meeting of disinformers or pro-Russian and xenophobic groups. The event is also supported by Vandas or Foldyna
Illustrative PHOTO: Romeo.cz
Organizers and their supporters are trying to spread the invitation to the demonstration on September 3 in Prague on Wenceslas Square, even among Roma with different experiences on Facebook. Who is behind the event? Who is organizing the demonstration? The news server Romea.cz took a closer look at the speakers and supporters.
Tricolor, SPD, Alliance of National Forces and support of Tomáš Vandas
Among the speakers and supporters of the demonstration are the leading faces of the disinformation, pro-Russian and xenophobic scene in the Czech Republic. The event is also supported, for example, by the chairman of the Workers’ Party of Social Justice (DSSS) Tomáš Vandas, member of the SPD Jaroslav Foldyna, among the speakers are the chairman of the Alliance of National Forces Vladimíra Vítová, the chairman of the Tricolor Zuzana Majerová Zahradníková or members of the SPD Hynek Blažko and Jiří Kobza.
“It’s time to say ENOUGH to crooks and thieves! I’ll be there too,” Tomáš Vandas wrote on the social network Facebook, thus confirming the information he said from the stage of the previous demonstration on Old Town Square.
Vandas heads the anti-Roma Workers’ Party of Social Justice, which is the successor to the disbanded neo-Nazi Workers’ Party. For example, Tomáš Vandas and the Workers’ Party were behind the attempted pogrom against Roma living in Litvínovský Janov on November 17, 2008. At that time, hundreds of neo-Nazis from all over the country came to Litvínov, who demonstrated against the Roma despite the support of local residents. During the march on the Janov housing estate, the neo-Nazis clashed with the police, who, using cannons and tear gas, managed to prevent a waterborne attempt, probably the largest anti-pogrom in the modern history of the Czech Republic.
Donald Trump’s password
The demonstration on September 3, 2022 is directed against the current government and is spreading together with the slogan Czech Republic in 1st place. The slogan is very similar to the one used in the USA by Donald Trump (America First). In other countries, the slogans are used in a modified form by extreme right-wing, populist and political entities directed against refugees or national minorities.
According to the composition of the speakers, it is clear that rather than a demonstration, it is more of a pre-election meeting of the so-called “patriotic parties”, which some time ago fought against measures to stop the COVID-19 pandemic and even before that attacked refugees. Recently, they have been focusing on spreading pro-Russian propaganda and attacking refugees from Ukraine.
Pro-Russian movement PRO and anti-Roma senator Doubrava
At least four speakers who will speak at the demonstration are from the newly formed PRO movement with a clear pro-Russian orientation. They are Jindřich Rajchl, Petra Rédová, Jana Zwyrtek Hamplová and Ivana Noveský.
We wrote about Petra Rédová on Romea.cz in connection with the fact that an anti-vaccination video in which Rédová appeared and was introduced as a “nurse from the Brno ICU” went viral on social networks. In the video, she claimed that vaccinations do not work and instead create mutations of the coronavirus, which is old misinformation. In addition, it was found that she did not work in any Brno hospital.
It is not without interest that the PRO! also supports the anti-Roma senator Jaroslav Doubrava. He will no longer be a candidate in the upcoming senate elections and supports him as his own the successor of the candidate from the PRO movement.
Supporter of the antisemite Adam B. Bartoš
Another interesting person among the speakers is Vladimíra Vítová, the chairwoman of the “nationalist” grouping of the Alliance of National Forces. For example, in an interview for DVTV in 2021, she refused to distance herself from the anti-Jewish text of Adam B. Bartoš, who was then the leader of the Alliance of National Forces candidate in the Ústí Region. The editor therefore ended the pre-election interview prematurely.
Adam B. Bartoš as the chairman of the National Democracy (ND), which the Ministry of the Interior regularly describes as extremist. Bartoš’s party even defended itself against such labeling in court, but was unsuccessful.
A supporter of Foldyn mocked the victims of the Roma Holocaust
Among the supporters of the demonstration, the organizers include SPD member Jaroslav Foldyna. He was previously a member of the ČSSD, but broke with it in 2020 and is now an MP for the SPD. Foldyna has been speaking out against the Roma for a long time. For example, in 2019, during the TV debate Máte slovo, he again insulted and belittled the victims of the Roma Holocaust. He also ridiculed the upcoming memorial to the Roma Holocaust in Lety u Písek and lied about it that it would cost billions of crowns.
“We’re buying some piggies, we’re going to build some mausoleums there for billions,” argued Foldyna, saying that if the state has money for this, it also has money to pay lunches for all children, including those from rich families. “Let’s collect caps for the mission in Afghanistan and let’s pay for the lunches for the children because that is the future of that country, it’s not a mausoleum in that piggy bank or that mission in Afghanistan,” Foldyna said.
The presenter of the program, Michaela Jílková, stopped him at the moment of insulting the victims of the Roma Holocaust. “I wouldn’t mention this, some respect,” responded Jílková. “And why respect,” Jaroslav Foldyna, the deputy and vice-chairman of the ČSSD at the time, continued to belittle and ridicule the victims of the Roma holocaust in Lety u Písek, who had already in 2017 vulgarly attacked the news website Romea.cz and claimed that Roma were abusing social benefits.
According to the commentator Jiří X. Doležala from the Forum24 server are protests directed at frustrated and hateful individuals and can turn violent just like the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. For the police, it is the most dangerous demonstration since violent clashes during the International Monetary Fund meeting in Prague in September 2000.