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Thousands of supporters of a pro-Russian opposition party marched in the Czech capital Prague Saturday to protest the country’s center-right government over its handling of the economy and military support for Ukraine, Reuters reported.
The demonstrations were organized by the PRO movement, a group without parliamentary representation and that has adopted a nationalist stance, aligned with Moscow, and opposed Western influence in the country.
PRO leader Jindrich Raichl chided Prime Minister Petr Fiala and his cabinet for being “agents of foreign powers.”
Raichl also voiced support for Hungary’s populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban and former Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico – the latter having adopted a strong anti-Western stance ahead of Slovakia’s elections at the end of this month.
Protesters also complained about the Czech Republic’s economic woes, as the European Union member-state grapples with double-digit inflation.
Meanwhile, Raichl and PRO movement supporters called for the government to withdraw its support for Ukraine and veto any attempt for Ukraine to join NATO.
The current Czech government has been helping Ukraine, sending tanks, helicopters and other equipment to counter Russia’s invasion.