Tens of thousands rally in Prague to demand action on soaring energy prices

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Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of the Czech capital on Saturday to protest government inaction as the worsening energy crisis continues to hit the central European economy.

Czech police estimated the attendance at some 70,000 people while organizers put it at more than 100,000, Czech television reported.

Protesters on opposite sides of the political spectrum have called on Liberal-Conservative Prime Minister Petr Fiala’s coalition government to cap the price spike or step down.

Some groups have also urged the government to bypass the EU to negotiate energy supply deals directly with Russia and called for military neutrality. The Czech Republic is a member of the EU and NATO.

Petr Fiala said people had the right to demonstrate, but claimed protesters were being manipulated by “pro-Russian forces”. Interior Minister Vit Rakusan said the government takes public concerns seriously.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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