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Largest anti-government protests since 1989, as the communists rise in polls

In Europe on April 21, 2012 at 6:07 pm

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Roughly 100,000 people marched against austerity measures imposed by the centre=right government, on Saturday. The protest was organized by major labor unions and non-governmental groups.

The anti-government protests in the capital of the Czech Republic are the largest since the collapse of the regime lead by the communists. The protesters from all over the country protested the government’s cuts and austerity measures and resign. Blowing vuvuzelas and beating drums, the protesters marched to Prague’s Wenceslas Square, disrupting downtown traffic, Associated Press reports. Protesters marched chanting anti-government slogans, as well as “stupid capitalism, stupid government, stupid cuts.”

According to the centre-right government, the austerity measures are necessary to lower the deficit in accordance with European Union guidelines. “As the prime minister, I feel a great responsibility for our country not to fall into a debt trap,” Petr Nečas said. Meanwhile, Nečas’ party, the Civic Democratic Party, has dropped in the polls below the Czech Republic’s communists, the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia. The Communist Party would become the second largest party behind the social-democrats of the Czech Social Democratic Party.

Trade unions declared they were willing to stage more radical protests, including a general strike. Tomas Frejkovsky, 45, traveled to Prague with 200 people from the eastern city of Ostrava. “I have to take three jobs to make both ends meet,  ordinary people only suffer from it all,” he said to Associated Press.

The protests are characterising of the growing disillusionment with capitalism around the globe.

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