The protesters are gathering in Prague's Letna Park on Saturday to demand the country's prime minister Andrej Babis either to resign or to give up his multi-billion business assetsPRAGUE (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 16th November, 2019) The protesters are gathering in Prague's Letna Park on Saturday to demand the country's prime minister Andrej Babis either to resign or to give up his multi-billion business assets.
"Our rally is against the conflict of interests of the businessman and prime minister Babis. He should either get rid of his Agrofert [agricultural] holding and media groups belonging to him or resign from the post of the prime minister," Mikulas Minar, the event's organizer and the leader of the social movement Million Moments for Democracy, told reporters.
This rally coincides with the start of the celebrations dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the "velvet revolution" in the republic, which ended the rule of the Communist Party. The organizers recall that the court in Slovakia, where Babis came from, did not drop charges against him over cooperation with the communist intelligence.
In turn, Babis noted he was puzzled about the rally's goals.
"We have freedom and democracy, everyone can participate in demonstrations and rallies � whoever wants, where they want and against whom they want. But I really do not understand the motives for holding this rally. It seems to me that the organizers intend to simply take advantage of the atmosphere of the 30th anniversary of the events of November 1989," the prime minister said, adding that these days people should gather for celebrations, and not for rallies.
This year, the prime minister refused the traditional laying of flowers on November 17 at the monument on National Avenue in Prague, where in 1989 the police brutally beat participants of a peaceful student demonstration, after which the turbulent events of the "velvet revolution" began. A year ago, one of the participants of the memorial event threw the flowers laid by Babis into a rubbish bin.