Over 48,000 people marched in Prague last week against cuts. The protest was organised by the CMKOS and ASO union federations, and the anti-cuts ProAlt initiative.
People chanted “Down with the government” and “Cairo made it, so can we”.
Josef Stredula from the Kovo metal workers’ union said, “The reforms will throw health care, pensions and social care into the services of profit.”
The resistance began when a centre-right government came to office last September demanding cuts, privatisation and the slashing of the welfare state.
ProAlt is the most active protest campaign. It organised a 2,500-strong protest several weeks ago with disabled, human rights and environmental groups.
It is the first time since the 1989 revolution that trade unionists and others have united against the government.