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Crowds protest in the streets of Prague against military support for Ukraine and NATO

Crowds protest in the streets of Prague against military support for Ukraine and NATO

The demonstrators also reject the government’s economic policy with high inflation rates

Sputnik – About ten thousand people took to the streets today (16) in Prague to protest against the country’s government, criticizing its economic management, military support for Ukraine and support for Kiev to join NATO, CTK news agency reported. Reuters.

According to the media, the protest was called by the “Supporters” movement, which is not represented in Parliament and has taken pro-Moscow and anti-Western positions. Loyalist party leader Jindrich Reichel spoke to the media and said he no longer wanted a “puppet government.”

“We have taken another step today to remove the rock that Mr. Hans represents. [primeiro-ministro Petr] Fiala […] They are agents of foreign powers, people who carry out orders, ordinary puppets. “I don’t want a puppet government anymore,” Reichel told a crowd in Wenceslas Square in the Czech capital, adding that Prague should veto any attempt by Ukraine to join NATO.

Reichel also praised the policies of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban as a model and called for an alliance of Central European countries to fight the EU.

At the same time he expressed his support for Former Prime Minister of Slovakiawrites Robert Fico, who adopted a staunchly anti-Western stance ahead of the September 30 elections, and also writes for the media.

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In another moment of today’s protests (16), protester Marcela Haikova met with the British agency, Condemn military aid From the Czech government to Ukraine, among other policies.

He asked: “We are not a sovereign state. We have heard from Brussels. Why do we send weapons to Ukraine, why do they not fight for peace?”

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Protesters also criticized the government’s management of the economy, which has suffered double-digit inflation and underperformed its European counterparts, with output yet to return to pre-pandemic levels.