Czech Republic: 200,000 join anti-govt. demo marking 30th anniv. of Velvet Revolution

200,000 people attended an anti-government protest in Prague on Saturday to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Velvet Revolution that lead to the end of communism in Czechoslovakia. The protest was organised by Million Moments for Democracy, which has been urging the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign following accusations of corruption and intimidating his rivals. Babis's government... Еще survived a no confidence vote and corruption charges against the centre-right billionaire leader were dropped. «First, [the President] violated the constitution for several months and then he promised the full presidential pardon to the prime minister if he will need it,» said Benjamin Roll, Million Moments vice-chairman, regarding fears of corruption and threats to democracy. Another protest before the end of the year has been promised if Babis fails to resign. «There up over us, there are people who cumulate political, financial and mass media power. Attacks on media, who try to point out to hot topics, increase,» added Archbishop and a leader of Velvet Revolution, Vojtech Maly. The peaceful revolution in 1989 resulted in Czechoslovakia becoming a democratic state, which dissolved into two states: Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

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