258,000 People Attended Protest in Prague Against PM Babiš

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The biggest anti-government protest in Prague since the 1989 pro-democratic Velvet Revolution took place yesterday (June 23) as Czechs urge Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to resign.

A crowd that was estimated by organizers to be around 258,000 people took over Letná Plain, the site of the mass protests that ultimately led to the fall of the country's Communist regime three decades ago.

Protesters came to the capital from all corners of the Czech Republic to attend Sunday’s demonstration, the most massive of recent street protests opposing Babis.

Sunday’s protest was the latest in a series that began in late April calling on Mr. Babiš to stand down and for the removal of his appointment as justice minister, Marie Benešová. She got the job just one day after police recommended that Mr. Babiš face criminal charges over the alleged abuse of EU subsidies.

A no-confidence vote called for by opposition parties has been scheduled for Wednesday.

Babiš denies wrongdoing and says there’s no reason for him to resign.

Separately, the European Commission is investigating whether Babis had a conflict of interest because of his role as the PM and the owner of a major business receiving EU funding. 

The series of protests has been organized by the civic group Million Moments for Democracy. They have announced that their next major demonstration will take place on Letná Plain in November, the 30th anniversary of the start of the Velvet Revolution.

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