In the Czech capital Prague, thousands of people took to the streets on Sunday to protest against the government’s corona measures. Police used the water cannon and tear gas to disperse the protesters when they turned violent.
The protesters, including football fans, demand the resignation of Health Minister Roman Prymula, who is responsible for the corona measures in the country. They indicate that they are “not sheep, but ordinary people”.
The rally turned violent when the police tried to separate the protesters because they were many more than has been allowed. “The participants attacked the police for no reason,” the Prague police chief told the press. Another police boss spoke of “radical football supporters”.
The police used the water cannon, tear gas and firecrackers. About twenty officers were injured. The emergency services said that nine people were being treated on the spot and four injured people were admitted to hospital.
Brass knuckles and batons
For the demonstration, some fifty people had already been arrested and fireworks arrows, batons, brass knuckles and firearms were seized.
Minister Prymula on Sunday condemned the protesters’ contempt for the health care providers. “As a result, we are going to have hundreds of additional infections,” he said.
The Czech Republic has 170,000 corona infections and 1,400 deaths from COVID-19. The country currently has the highest number of infections for 100,000 inhabitants in Europe (828.4). Belgium is in second place with 700.8 infections per 100,000 inhabitants.