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More than 100,000 people will march against the Czech Prime Minister in memory of the Velvet Revolution

PRAGUE, Nov. 16 (DPA / EP) –

More than 100,000 people will march this Saturday in the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague, to protest against the prime minister, Andrej Babis, during the commemorative events of the Velvet Revolution that knocked down the communist government in 1989.

The protesters demand that Babis, the founder of the populist party ANO and one of the richest people in the country, present his immediate resignation by understanding that his administration is undermined by conflicts of interest between his roles as businessman and head of government.

More than 100,000 people will march against the Czech Prime Minister in memory of the Velvet Revolution
More than 100,000 people will march against the Czech Prime Minister in memory of the Velvet Revolution

Babis, in this sense, faces accusations that point him as an illegal beneficiary of EU funds that diverts his business.

These marches will coincide with the anniversary of the crushing, on November 17, 1989, of the student marches in the then Czechoslovakia, an act of repression that began the beginning of the uprising that would transform the next three decades of the country.

The official events are planned for Sunday, including a ceremony at the National Museum in Prague, which will also be attended by the president of the German Bundestag (Parliament), Wolfgang Schaeuble. There will be a street festival on Sunday, as well as theatrical performances, dances, debates, readings and concerts.

The Slovak capital, Bratislava, will also mark the occasion with commemorations and demonstrations.

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