Czech anti-government protesters mark anniversary of Velvet Revolution

epa08001754 A demonstrator on a roof waves a flag as he looks down at thousands of others gathering to protest against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, a day before the 30th anniversary of the so-called 'Velvet Revolution', at the Letna plain in Prague, Czech Republic, 16 November 2019. Tens of thousands of people were demanding the resignation of Babis due to alleged conflicts of interest involving his former Agrofert conglomerate he founded. According to chairman of the 'Million Moments for Democracy', Mikulas Minar, who organized the protest, Babis is abusing media and political power to profit his companies. The Czech Republic celebrates the 30th anniversary of their 'Velvet Revolution' commemorating the events of 17 November 1989, when waves of peaceful protests in both Czech and Slovak cities lasting ten days eventually brought down the Communist Government. EPA-EFE/MARTIN DIVISEK

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At least 200,000 people have protested against the Czech government in the capital, Prague on the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

Demonstrators are calling for Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign over allegations of fraud.

It is alleged Mr Babis used European Union subsidies for his private business – something he denies.

The protest was held on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which ended communist rule in what was then Czechoslovakia.

Saturday’s demonstration was held in Letna Park, which was also the site of the biggest rallies of November 1989.

Many people have been chanting “we are here” – an echo of the revolution’s protest slogan three decades ago.

And some of the speakers were former dissidents who also addressed the 1989 rallies.



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