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Czech Republic: Largest protests in 30 years demand PM Babis's resignation

7 863 24.06.2019 Инфо

W/S People gathered at Letna Park in Prague for Anti Babis demonstration
M/S People with Czech flag, signs and banner
M/S Protesters with signs
M/S Boy holds birds nest with a portrait of Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis
C/U Birds nest with Babis portrait
W/S Protest
W/S Protest
SOT, Petra, Protester from Prague: "Our prime minister, he is a thief and he is a liar and he is trying to avoid the justice system and he is controlling the press and it's enough already."
C/U Poster reading, 'I am ashamed of my president' in Czech *cutaway*
SOT, Petra, Protester from Prague: "From my point of view he should resign and you know step away from politics. Do either do business or politics and he probably should go to jail.''
M/S People with banner *cutaway*
W/S Protest
SOT, Lukas, Protester from Prague: "I'd like Andrej Babis to resign because he is in an unbelievable conflict of interest.''
C/U Poster *cutaway*
SOT, Lukas, Protester from Prague: "I think this is a special escalation because the situation now is extreme, you know in a sense. I think this and the thing that we see now in the whole world, like the strong men coming to power and the attack on journalism and all that sh*t, I think it has a potential to activate the public society, the civil society. So I think that you know we are living through some bad years but something good can come out of this."
M/S Posters reading, 'Parasite' in Czech, 'Babis sucks' in English and 'Dick' in Czech
SOT, Kristof Kubacik, Protester from Novy Bor: "I just don't like the negativity that is all around those people. It's, I don't know, it's not motivating for me to live in this country.''
W/S Protest
W/S Protest
M/S Protesters with Czech flags and posters
C/U Protesters with Czech flags and posters
M/S People applaud
M/S Protester with European flag
W/S Protest
W/S Protest
W/S Protest
SCRIPT
Hundreds of thousands gathered in Letna Park in Prague on Sunday, where they called for Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign. The gathering was the largest since the protests started in April.
Footage shows the massive crowds of protesters holding signs and banners at Letna Park. The massive turnout have made it the largest anti-government protest since the 1989 Velvet Revolution which brought the end of the communist government.
"Our prime minister, he is a thief and he is a liar and he is trying to avoid the justice system and he is controlling the press and it's enough already," said Petra, one of the protesters, while others called out Babis for having conflicts of interest.
Weekly protests organised by the "A Million Moments for Democracy" movement have been taking place in the Czech capital since the end of April 2019, fuelled by the appointment of a new justice minister while Babis was under investigation for fraud allegations.
Organisers estimated that some 250,000 people took part in Sunday's demonstration.
Babis, who is one of the richest men in the country, is alleged to have fraudulently obtained EU funding for some of his many businesses, and Czech police recommended in April that Babis, and other officials, should be tried for these charges, while the prime minister maintains that he will not resign.