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Czech Protesters Rail Against Inflation, Sanctions and the Ukraine Proxy War

The rally united tens of thousands, from the left and right, against their government’s support for sanctions on Russia and the war in Ukraine.
Screenshot from Twitter video showing the protests.

By Connor Freeman / Antiwar.com

Amid ever escalating tensions over the West’s proxy war in Ukraine and the devastating inflation ripping Europe apart, Czech protesters gathered in Prague demanding the coalition government’s resignation, the Associated Press reports.

The rally saw tens of thousands of citizens condemning their government’s support for Kiev, including the provision of heavy weapons, as well as sanctions on Russia. A smaller, similar rally was held in Brno, the country’s second-largest city.

The demonstrators’ slogan was “Czech Republic First.” As with other recent protests throughout the continent, the left and right are uniting in their opposition to the West’s economic and proxy warfare against Russia.

One speaker said “Russia’s not our enemy, the government of warmongers is the enemy,” according to the AP.

Protesters “repeatedly condemned the government for its support of Ukraine and the European Union sanctions against Russia, opposed Czech membership in the EU, NATO and other international organizations,” the report said.

Leaders in Prague dismissed the protests. Interior Minister Vit Rakusan tweeted “[w]e know who’s our friend and who’s bleeding for our freedom,” adding “we also know who’s our enemy.”

The Washington-led sanctions blitz has cut Europe off from cheap Russian gas upon which it has long relied. In the Czech Republic, energy, housing, and food prices soaring. The inflation rate is 17.8%.

Similar protests are occurring in Italy, Germany, and France. “Strikes and protests over the rising cost of living proliferate, ushering in a period of social and labor unrest not seen since at least the 1970s,” the New York Times reported earlier this month.

In September, Prague saw massive demonstrations of 70,000 people, again from the left and right, protesting against NATO’s proxy war in Ukraine and rising energy prices caused by the sanctions campaign. Those protesters also called for the resignation of Prime Minister Petr Fiala’s center-right coalition government. “We intensively support the justified fight of the Ukrainian people,” Fiala has declared.


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Connor Freeman

Connor Freeman is the assistant editor and a writer at the Libertarian Institute, primarily covering foreign policy. He is a co-host on the Conflicts of Interest podcast. His writing has been featured in media outlets such as Antiwar.com, Counterpunch, and the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. He has also appeared on Liberty Weekly, Around the Empire, and Parallax Views. You can follow him on Twitter @FreemansMind96.

8 comments

  1. Notice that like all the other “free democratic countries” aligned with the USA, the government ignores what the people want.

    1. If you want someone who’s keen on peace AND keeps his promises, support Dennis Kucinch for President.

      He sacrificed his political career momentum to save publicly-owned Muni Light for the People. And because the corporatocracy boycotted him, he couldn’t get another political job and almost lost his lower-working-class house, too (his only wealth at the time).

      Had it not been for Shirley MacLaine’s kindness and support, he’d have been sleeping in his car as his family had to do more than once during his childhood. He is 100% working class.

      Had he chosen to “play the game” as his successor did, his career tally, like his successor’s, would have included the Ohio Governorship, and terms as a federal Senator. The System pays the go-alongs well.

  2. I would donate if I had a mailing address, because I don’t like to send donations by email.

  3. Is it because corporations are not controlling the Cezhs as they do in the USA that they amass 70,000 protesters against anti-citizenry governmental decisions? I grieve the USA citizenry’s timidity in their full ownership of their civic power. And so instead of speaking truth to power they in their passivity collude with the oligarchic interests that aggressively diminish the peoples’ interests , voice – their very power.

  4. The warmonger government’s days globally are numbered as people wake up to the utter insanity of this war and how it will create global suffering on a scale not seen in Europe and elsewhere since the end of WWII. The continued ignoring of good people’s will for peace and justice will bring them down. Hopefully, sooner than later as the warmongers eagerly discuss their use of nuclear weapons. Fortunately, the United States, Canada, and all NATO members are growing more and more isolated by the day!

  5. the american imperialist war in ukraine has little EU support—it is 90% funded by USA—despite this as many have shown 150000 Russian troops have secured 25% of former nazi ukraine territory vs 700000 ukie troops

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