Thousands Rally in Prague Against PM, Justice Minister

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Thousands of Czechs filled the center of Prague and other cities for a second week in a row to protest against the appointment of a new justice minister who they say they fear could meddle with a criminal case involving the prime minister.

Protesters fear that Minister Marie Benesova, named last week by Babis's ally President Milos Zeman, might try to clear Babis of the allegations.

Monday’s protest was larger than a week ago. Organizers estimated at least 20,000 people filled Prague’s Old Town Square, according to CTK news agency. Police did not give official estimates.

Protesters blew whistles and chanted "we're not blind" while carrying Czech flags and banners calling on Babis and Benesova to resign.

Czech police said on April 17 that Babis and others should stand trial for fraud, handing the case to prosecutors.

Babis’s previous justice minister, Jan Knezinek, resigned the day after the police wrapped up their investigation. Babis said Knezinek’s position had only been intended to be temporary. His departure came amid a wider cabinet shuffle.

Babis has consistently rejected the accusations against him as a plot and politically inspired. Despite the allegations and conflict of interest accusations against him, his ANO party remains the clear poll leader.

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