Demonstration Czechia against poverty, called by the party Right Respect Expertise (PRO), March 11, 2023, Prague.
Prague – After the end of today's anti-government demonstration on Wenceslas Square in Prague, part of the participants moved to the building of the National Museum, where they demanded the removal of the Ukrainian flag. The police asked them to leave and subsequently arrested 15 of them for disobeying the call, police spokeswoman Violeta Siřištová said.
Photo gallery: Demonstration Czech Republic against Poverty
In the afternoon, several thousand people gathered at the anti-government demonstration Czechia against poverty, called by the party Právo Respekt Odbornost (PRO). The demonstration started at 14:00 and lasted for three hours.
After the official end of the event, several hundred protesters moved in front of the National Museum in the upper part of Wenceslas Square, on the facade of which the Ukrainian flag is displayed. Demonstrators called for the tearing down of this flag, several hundred others supported them from the other side of the highway by shouting “take down that rag”. Later, they proceeded to shout the slogan “Bohemia to the Czechs”, which after a few minutes they changed to “Czech flag”.
The police called on the demonstrators at the museum to leave, heavy-duty soldiers arrived on the scene and blocked the entrance to the museum. Later, police reinforcements arrived. There were several scuffles on the steps in front of the museum, the crowd on the opposite side of the highway shouted at the police “shame” and “they are beating our people”. After about an hour, the demonstrators began to disperse.
According to Siřišťová, several dozen people tried to get into the museum. After repeated calls for them to stop illegal behavior, the police arrested 15 of them for disobeying the call.
Minister of the Interior Vít Rakušan (STAN) described the violent expressions at the end of the demonstration as inadmissible. “I expect the organizers to distance themselves from these manifestations of violence. It gives the impression that the entire so-called demonstration against poverty was just a cover for pro-Russian provocation, and we definitely cannot be tolerant of such manifestations,” the Austrian told ČTK.