Czech trade unions hold anti-gov't demonstration

2012-11-17 22:08:16 GMT2012-11-18 06:08:16(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

PRAGUE, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- Czech trade unions and some civic groups held a demonstration against the government in central Prague on Saturday with about 10,000 people attending the protest.

The demonstraters demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Petr Necas's centre-right coalition government, saying this government did not deserve "to rule us, the people" and alleging that ministers were corrupt.

Chairman of the Bohemian and Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions Jaroslav Zavadil said the time for a general strike had not yet come since people were still afraid. He said he hoped that the "nation will somewhat wake up."

The activists were waving Czech national flags and trade union flags in the parade. Some people hold banners saying "We Cannot See Any Light at the End of Your Tunnels," "We Want a Government for People, not a Government of Superhumans," "Stop the Return of Property to Churches" and "Stop the Government Corrupt Anti-Social Sleaze."

The Prague Communist branch also staged its march. Some of its participants were waving the sickle-and-hammer flag of the former Soviet Union.

The demonstrations were held on the occasion of the Czech national holiday that commemorates the victims of the 1939 Nazi brutal action against students.

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