More than 25,000 people gathered in Prague’s Wenceslas Square on Saturday to protest against austerity measures being pushed through by the Czech Republic’s right wing coalition government.
The protest was organised by Platforma Stop Vlade (“stop the government platform”), an anti-cuts coalition including Czech trade unions and campaigning organisations.
The protest took place on 23rd anniversary of 1989’s Velvet Revolution, which led to the downfall of the so called Communist regime in former Czechoslovakia.
But this year people were not in the mood to celebrate the “bright days” of capitalism. Unemployment is rising and so is anger among Czech people at a government that favours the rich.
Now a massive movement has burst onto the streets against fraud, corruption and neoliberal attacks on the welfare state, and previously passive citizens are getting involved in anti-cuts campaigning.