Je to na nás!

Panorama of the demonstration, Prague Castle in the background on the right
Protesters during the demonstration on one of the houses nearby Letná plain and a big Czech flag

Je to na nás! (English: It is up to us!) was a political demonstration held on 23 June 2019 on Letná in Prague, part of a wider series of protests in the country. It was the biggest protest in the Czech Republic since the fall of Communism in 1989,[1] attended by around 250,000 people, many of them demanding the resignation of the Czech prime minister Andrej Babiš and his justice secretary Marie Benešová.[2] It was the 14th of 15 demonstrations held against Babiš and Benešová in spring 2019, organized by the Czech campaign association Milion chvilek pro demokracii.

The main trigger for the protest was the alleged conflict of interest of the prime minister, who was under criminal investigation related to European Union subsidies and also perceived to have chosen a political ally, Benesova, as justice secretary, which could threaten the Czech justice system.[3][4] The protests also criticised the Czech president Miloš Zeman, who organisers and speakers said was harming Czech interests with his behavior and pro-Russia and pro-China stances.

Babiš told Czech media that while he respected people's right to have an opinion, he didn't understand the reasons behind the protests.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kottasová, Ivana. "The 'biggest protest since the fall of Communism' in Prague". CNN. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  2. ^ Goeij, Hana de; Santora, Marc (2019-06-23). "In the Largest Protests in Decades, Czechs Demand Resignation of Prime Minister". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  3. ^ Ivana Kottasová. "Protests against 'Czech Trump' are Prague's 'biggest since fall of Communism'". CNN. Retrieved 2019-11-12.
  4. ^ Laca, Peter. "Thousands Protest in Prague Over Fears of Judicial Meddling". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2019-11-12.

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