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Tens of Thousands of Czechs Show Support for Ukraine


PRAGUE– Tens of thousands of Czechs gathered in the capital on Sunday to show their solidarity with Ukraine and their support for democratic values.

The rally came in reaction to three recent anti-government protests where fellow protesters demanded the resignation of the pro-Western coalition government of conservative Prime Minister Petr Fiala over its support for Ukraine. These earlier rallies have also protested against soaring energy prices and opposed the country’s membership of the European Union and NATO.

Organizers of previous rallies are known for spreading Russian propaganda and opposing COVID-19 vaccinations.

People who traveled to Prague on Sunday waved the Czech, Ukrainian and European flags while displaying slogans that read “Czech Republic against fear” and “We will get there”.

Sunday’s rally in central Wenceslas Square was organized by a group called Million Moments for Democracy, which was behind several rallies in support of Ukraine following the February 24 Russian invasion. The group also staged massive rallies against former prime minister, populist billionaire Andrej Babis, calling him a threat to democracy.

The group declared the anti-government protests, which united the far right with the far left. exploited the fear of inflation and war in Ukraine and tried to undermine democracy.

Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska thanked the rally participants in a video message. She said her country was facing the “darkest moment in its history”, but added hope Russia’s aggression will not succeed.

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