Demonstration Czech Republic against poverty, called by the party Right Respect Expertise (PRO), March 11, 2023, Prague.
Prague – All 18 people arrested after Saturday's demonstration in Prague while trying to break into the National Museum are suspected of a misdemeanor. Their case will be dealt with by the competent administrative body, Prague police spokeswoman Violeta Siřišťová told ČTK. One of the participants in the anti-government protest was detained on suspicion of a crime. According to photos from the demonstration, the man had the letter Z on his backpack, which is used by the Russian army during the war in Ukraine, and the logo of the Russian mercenary Wagner Group on his sleeve.
Photo gallery: Demonstration of the Czech Republic against poverty
The Czech anti-poverty anti-government demonstration on Saturday was called by the Pravo Respekt Odbornost (PRO) party on Wenceslas Square in the center of Prague. After the official end of the event at approximately 17:00, some of the participants tried to remove the Ukrainian flag from the facade of the National Museum. The police called on the protesters to leave, heavy-duty soldiers arrived on the scene and blocked the entrance to the building.
During an attempt to break into the museum, 18 people were arrested for disobeying the police's call. All of them are suspected of an offense and have been reported to the relevant administrative authority, said CTK.
According to Siřišťová, the police are still evaluating the camera footage from the fight in front of the museum. Two policemen were injured during the operation, the police announced on Twitter on Saturday.
One of the participants in the anti-government demonstration on Wenceslas Square was killed by the police in were detained on Saturday on suspicion of the crime of denying, questioning and approving genocide, Siřišťová said today. According to photos from the demonstration, the young man had a backpack on his back with a patch with the letter Z, which became a symbol of Russia's invasion of Ukraine last February. On the sleeve of his jacket, he had a patch with the logo of the Russian private Wagner Group, which participates in the fighting in Ukraine.
Participants of Saturday's anti-government demonstration filled Wenceslas Square along the entire width of Opletalova Street. They were in the center of the square as far as Jindřišská Street. The chairman of the organizing party PRO, Jindřich Rajchl, said that if the government does not accept his party's demands or does not resign, another protest will take place at the same place on April 16 and the action will turn into a blockade of government buildings.