Thousands protested against the newly appointed Justice Minister Marie Benesova in Prague on Monday, who they worry might interfere with an ongoing criminal investigation involving Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis.
The protesters exhibited numerous banners and placards against Benesova and Babis, while listening to various speakers take turns addressing the crowd.
«What we achieved so far, all... Еще of us together, is a big success of woke civil society and political parties. We have to hold on and bring our effort to a close,» said Mikulas Minar, chairman of Million Moments for Democracy.
«Remember that we are here together, we know what we demand and always will demand it, together and united,» said Leo Steiner, regional politician.
«Thank God it hasn't gone so far here as in Slovakia, not to mention Russia where many of my colleague journalists lost their life just because they wrote the truth,» added Jiri Cerny, a journalist and activist.
Babis is currently under investigation for an alleged fraud involving EU subsidies and Czech police have recommended that he stand trial on these charges. The previous justice minister resigned the following day, reports say, and Benesova's previous positive comments in support of Babis prompted fears that the investigation could be diverted.