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Czech Republic: 200,000 join anti-govt. demo marking 30th anniv. of Velvet Revolution

4 16.11.2019 Инфо

W/S Protesters shout *UPSOUND* (Czech): "Shame," Prague
W/S Protesters
C/U Protester with Czech flag on face
SOT, Benjamin Roll, Million Moments vice-chairman (Czech): "First, [the President] violated the constitution for several months and then he promised the full presidential pardon to the prime minister if he will need it."
C/U Cartoon of President Milos Zeman
C/U Picture of Prime Minister Andrej Babis with title (Czech): 'We don't want him here'
C/U Cartoon of communist president of Czechoslovakia Gustav Husak and current Prime Minister Andrej Babis as 'son of Husak'
SOT, Mikulas Minar, Million Moments chairman (Czech): "If [the] president of the republic would misuse his power and [award] a presidential pardon to the Prime Minister because he is his ally, we will go to the streets."
W/S Protesters chanting *UPSOUND* (Czech): "We are here"
W/S Protesters on roof. Banner reads (Czech): "We will not give up democracy"
SOT, Jaroslav Sebek, Chairman of Private Farmers Association (Czech): "We feel embarrassed and offended by the fact that our president is rude, a liar, he spits upon the citizens and the constitution and instead of his own country he openly defends interests of the dictatorship of the east."
C/U Banner reads (Czech): 'Governed by one company'
SOT, Vojtech Maly, Archbishop and Velvet Revolution leader (Czech): "There up over us, there are people who cumulate political, financial and mass media power. Attacks on media, who try to point out to hot topics, increase."
W/S Protesters clap
M/S Protesters on roof with banner (Czech): 'We will not give up the freedom'
M/S Protesters
M/S Protester with portrait of former dissident and first president of post-Communist Czechoslovakia Vaclav Havel
SOT, Benjamin Roll, Vice-chairman of Million moments movement (Czech): "The fight for freedom and democracy never ends."
W/S Prague
SCRIPT
200,000 people attended an anti-government protest in Prague on Saturday to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Velvet Revolution that lead to the end of communism in Czechoslovakia.
The protest was organised by Million Moments for Democracy, which has been urging the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign following accusations of corruption and intimidating his rivals. Babis's government survived a no confidence vote and corruption charges against the centre-right billionaire leader were dropped.
"First, [the President] violated the constitution for several months and then he promised the full presidential pardon to the prime minister if he will need it," said Benjamin Roll, Million Moments vice-chairman, regarding fears of corruption and threats to democracy. Another protest before the end of the year has been promised if Babis fails to resign.
"There up over us, there are people who cumulate political, financial and mass media power. Attacks on media, who try to point out to hot topics, increase," added Archbishop and a leader of Velvet Revolution, Vojtech Maly.
The peaceful revolution in 1989 resulted in Czechoslovakia becoming a democratic state, which dissolved into two states: Slovakia and the Czech Republic.