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Civic initiatives plan anti-government protest on Sunday

ČTK |
5 April 2013

Prague, April 4 (CTK) - The Holesov Appeal and other Czech civic initiatives plan a demonstration in Prague's Wenceslas Square on Sunday to protest against Petr Necas's (Civic Democrats, ODS) coalition government that they say is illegitimate and to ask it to resign, they said Thursday.

Slavek Popelka, from the Holesov initiative, said the activists will block ministers' access to the government seat next week.

According to the Holesov Appeal the government breaches the constitution because its member, the LIDEM party headed by Deputy Prime Minister Karolina Peake, is a party "whom no one elected."

That is why, the activists say, a temporary government should replace Necas's team.

LIDEM was formed one year ago by dissidents from the then junior government Public Affairs (VV) party that split. LIDEM joined the government while the VV went into opposition.

Popelka said he expects a strong participation in the protest and that that the Holesov Appeal invited President Milos Zeman to come, but his office has not reacted as yet.

The Holesov Appeal has staged a number of protests against the government across the country. Its representatives previously agreed on cooperation with the Association of Independent Trade Unions (ASO).

In March 2012, the initiative brought thousands of people to protest events in Prague and other towns, but participation in later demonstrations was smaller.

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