Prague, Aug 15 (CTK) – More than 200 demonstrators protested against the accepting of refugees and criticised the Czech government’s migration policy at a rally convoked by the extremist National Democracy organisation at Prague-Vysehrad Saturday.
After speeches that took more than two hours, the participants marched towards the seat of the Czech Television (CT) public broadcaster that, they said, provides false information about matters connected with the migration issue.
During the speeches at Vysehrad, the participants knelt down and promised that they will protect the homeland.
Speeches were also made by representatives of the Workers’ Social Justice Party.
A group of ten people holding opposite views, wanted to stop the demonstrators on their way to CT, but the police prevented any clash.
Outside the CT building, the demonstrators made further speeches. They said CT is the centre of government propaganda. National Democracy would like the number of CT channels to be reduced, licence fees to be abolished and CT “to talk the truth,” they said.
Adam B. Bartos, National Democracy chairman, said the rally was to be a counter-weight to the Prague Pride march of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals staged in the centre of the city Saturday.
The protagonists of the extremists’ event said several times Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) is a traitor who should be hung.
Bartos said the government is not taking any steps against immigration and that the border must be closed and protected and that the Czech Republic must leave the EU.
“At the moment, we already have 3500 intruders [refugees] here, which is utterly scandalous,” Bartos said.