Anti-Lockdown Protest in Prague

Thousands of protesters gathered in the Czech capital last Sunday to protest the government’s COVID-19 mitigation measures. Former President Vaclav Klaus was a featured speaker at the event.

The video below shows excerpts from the demonstration. Many thanks to Xanthippa for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling. Note: This clip has been subtitled in German, but the English subtitles were translated from the original Czech:

Below are excerpts from a Remix News article about the demonstration in Prague (hat tip Reader from Chicago):

There is No Miracle Vaccine, Says Former Czech President Klaus at Protest Against COVID-19 Measures

On Sunday, people, including former Czech President Vaclav Klaus, met at Prague’s Old Town Square to protest against coronavirus measures introduced by the government. Police estimated that there were about 2,500 to 3,000 people. Many of them did not wear face masks, nor did they comply with the physical distancing rules. However, police stated that the rally was peaceful.

The demonstration called Open Czechia was convened by the initiative that strives for the opening of restaurants. The crowd chanted that the government should resign. Participants of the protest held Czech flags and banners with slogans “Stop the COVID tyranny. Let’s stop totalitarianism in the name of COVID!”, “We are not sheep”, “Back to school on Monday!” and “Stop the Coronaterror”.

See also this Reuters article.

Video transcript:

00:01   [sign] Stop COVID Tyranny — [let’s] stop tyranny in the name of COVID
00:05   [banner] stop corona terror[ism]
00:12   …isn’t, because it is always being limited in only one way,
00:15   and it just does not work, we are getting more ill [people], so it is not likely to come down
00:21   to closing pubs and small stores, perhaps it will depend on something else.
00:25   The advice to the government [is] that it should start discussions with actual experts,
00:30   with people from a wide spectrum, because I don’t think that everything should be decided
00:33   just by epidemiologists, and that epidemiologists should step back from the table,
00:37   and that it is necessary to speak with economists, sociologists,
00:41   psychologists, educators and so on. This is wrong.
00:50   [bottom of sign visible at top left] “Sheep”
 

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