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09 Dec 2019 | 09:04 PM UTC

Czech Republic: Opposition group plans several protests December 10, 16, 19 /update 2

The Million Moments for Democracy civil society group has called for several protests on December 10, 16, and 19 in multiple cities, including Prague; heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions expected

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Event

The Million Moments for Democracy civil society group is planning protests on Tuesday, December 10, Monday, December 16, and Thursday, December 19, to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. On Tuesday, participants plan to gather from 18:00 (local time) at Wenceslas Square (Václavaké náměstí) in Prague, before marching to the Main Station. Organizers have arranged for buses to transport demonstrators from several cities to the capital to participate in Tuesday's march.

Protests on December 16 are being organized at the following times and locations:

On December 19, protesters are scheduled to gather from 17:00 at the main station in Olomouc, as well as from 17:30 at Prokešovo Náměstí in Ostrava, and from 18:00 at Náměstí Republiky in Pilsen.

A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are expected around all demonstration sites.

Context

The Million Moments for Democracy student group has held several protests throughout Czech Republic demanding the resignation of several government officials, particularly Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. Around 250,000 people gathered at protests on June 23 and August 21.

Advice

Individuals in Czech Republic are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate a heightened security presence and localized business and transportation disruptions around protest sites.