Je to na nás!

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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! (translated as It is up to us!) is a name of a public demonstration which was held on June 23, 2019 on Letná plain in Prague. It was the biggest protest in the Czech Republic since the fall of Communism in 1989.[1] More than 250 000 attendants were demanding resignation of the Czech prime minister Andrej Babiš and his justice secretary Marie Benešová.[2] It was the 14th demonstration from total 15 demonstrations that were held against Babiš and Benešová in spring 2019, organized by a Czech campaign association called Milion chvilek pro demokracii.

The main reason of the protest was a conflict of interest of the prime minister, since he was both being prosecuted because of subsidies from European Union fraud and also being a prime minister and choosing potentially impartial justice secretary, which could endanger of the Czech justice.[3][4] Protests were also partly held against the Czech president Miloš Zeman, whose behavior and leaning towards Russia and China was harming Czech interests, according to the organizers and speakers.

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

References[edit]

  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. ^ CNN, 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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