Monday, 18 November 2019
National | Prague Daily Monitor

Saturday afternoon saw up to 300.000 supporters of the Million Chvilek movement meet at Letná Park to demonstrate against what they see as misuse of power by politicians. The movement has set an ultimatum for Premier Andrej Babiš to dispose of Agrofert and the Minister of Justice Marie Benešová, or himself resign.

Prague | Prague Daily Monitor

The 17th of November marked the 30th anniversary celebration of Freedom for Czechia. There were activities scheduled around the whole country, one of the largest being the Concert for a Future, on Václavské náměstí in central Prague. The event went very well and peacefully, with no incidents during the day.

National | The Washington Post/AP

Vojtěch Jasný, a filmmaker who belonged to the new wave of Czechoslovak cinema in the 1960s, has died. He was 93. Slovácke divadlo, a theatre he frequently visited, said that Jasný died Friday. A family representative confirmed his death to the ČTK news agency.

Prague | Expats.cz

From November 20, Manifesto Markets in Prague at both Florenc and Smíchov locations will transform into winter wonderlands with lights, Christmas trees, and festive food & drink along with some holiday shopping from local retailers.

National | Business | Radio Prague

Another mass demonstration against Prime Minister Andrej Babiš took place on Prague's Letná plain on Saturday. Police estimate that at least 200,000 people gathered on the plain to voice their feelings, but the number could have been as high as 300,000.

National | Business | The Guardian

On the 30th anniversary of the uprising, Václav Havel's allies say the revolution's ideals are again at risk.

National | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

The weather this weekend was fantastic and was the biggest supporter of the simultaneous protests and celebrations of the country’s 30 year “revolution;” the thermostats hit mid-teens in the Prague area and the sun was shining all day.

National | Expats.cz

This year's Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day will commemorate not only the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution of 1989 but also the 80th anniversary of the occupying Nazi forces executing Czech student leaders and a professor in 1939. The capital city won't see one central celebration on November 17. Instead, events will be spread across Prague as well as throughout the Czech Republic. This year's biggest celebration is organized by the umbrella group Freedom Festival.

National | The Irish Times

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to gather in Prague this weekend, in a major anti-government demonstration on Saturday and events to commemorate the Velvet Revolution on Sunday. Many Czechs see today's leaders as an affront to the legacy of Václav Havel and 1989.

National | Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

The Czech Foreign Ministry has summoned the Russian ambassador to Prague after Moscow listed a Czech nongovernmental organization as "undesirable" in Russia. Czech Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Povejsil asked envoy Aleksandr Zmeyevsky for an explanation and voiced "concern" over the move, the ministry said on November 14.

Prague | Radio Prague

The undignified use of pieces of ancient Jewish tombstones as cobblestones in Prague's pavements should soon come to an end. Under a memorandum to be signed between City Hall and the Jewish Community in Prague, any such stones discovered during repairs or other excavation work will be handed over to the latter.

Prague | Real Estate | Prague Daily Monitor

A study done by Cushman and Wakefield, and advisory firm, shows that Prague's Na Příkopě street is the world's 18th most expensive in terms of real estate rents. Rent on the mainly pedestrian road, known as the tourist shopping main street, can reach EUR 2820 a metre.

National | Business | Al Jazeera

As the Czech Republic and Slovakia mark the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution on November 17, some that led the transition from communism hope the younger generation will drive another transformation.

National | Business | Brno Daily

The unnamed park between Rooseveltova and Místodržitelský palác at the entrance to Běhounská will be named after the 18-year-old who was accidentally shot while demonstrating against the Communist regime on the first anniversary of the Warsaw Pact occupation 50 years ago.

Prague | Business | Prague Daily Monitor

A car caught fire in the Dejvicka section of the tunnel complex Blanka yesterday, shortly after noon. The incident caused traffic in both directions to be closed.