thousands of Czechs have protested in Prague against the Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš. The protesters gathered at the 29. Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia in 1989, in front of the Prague castle and moved into the old town. They demanded the resignation of Babiš against the police is investigating because of corruption suspicion. The people chanted “resignation, resignation”, and Europe-held flags. They also demanded the resignation of President Miloš Zeman.

The multi-billionaire Andrej Babiš is because of the recently renewed debate on the corruption scandal under pressure. It is a question of subsidies for the Wellness resort, “stork’s nest” in Central Bohemia, which has now been overwritten with a trust Fund. Babiš denies all the allegations. The last of the founders of the liberal-populist party ANO said that he would never come back.

investigators accuse him to have EU funding in the amount of the equivalent of nearly 1.6 million euros difficult. Babiš is alleged to have hidden a few years ago as an entrepreneur, the possession of the Spa resorts to in order to access subsidies for small and medium-sized companies. A report of the European anti-fraud office had found irregularities.

Apparently out of fear of protests Babiš had surprisingly in the night to Saturday a bouquet at a memorial for the victims of communism on Prague’s national Avenue. In the Morning Unknown threw the flowers in a trash can. The police secured the package and determined because of damage to property. Babiš appears to his opponents in this regard as untrustworthy because he was prior to 1989 a member of the Communist party.

A holiday for democracy

The brutal suppression of a peaceful student demonstration in Prague on 17. November 1989, the velvet Revolution, the democratic transition in the former Czechoslovakia, triggered. The “day of struggle for freedom and democracy” is in the Czech Republic since 2000, is a holiday. It is reminiscent of the closure of the Czech-speaking universities by the Nazi occupiers on the 17. November 1939.

In the city centre of Prague, it was under the Motto “We celebrate freedom – thank you, that we may the” concerts and theater performances. In addition, citizens ‘ initiatives in the satirical-political move “Prague carnival pointed” to the current problems in the Czech Republic. Inspired by the Basler Fasnacht wearing colorful costumes with masks.

Outraged at the rallies, the spokesman of the Czech President, Miloš Zeman, Babiš expressed himself against the allegations. “Millions of moments of hatred,” wrote Jiří Ovčáček on Twitter. 17. November was “in the hands of aggressive activists”. He understood the indignation of the people, said Petr Fiala, the Chairman of the opposition civil Democrats.

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