People protested in front of Prague Castle against the behaviour of the President’s office

Pavel Jaňurek

A protest against the behavior of officials of the Office of the President of the Republic in connection with the hospitalization of Miloš Zeman gathered on Saturday evening on Prague’s Hradčany Square. According to the organizers, it was a “spontaneous reaction to the coup.” The news monitored the progress of the rally on the spot.

The organizers do not like, for example, the behavior of Chancellor Vratislav Mynář. The event was also intended to support the staff of the Central Military Hospital, where President Zeman has been hospitalized since Sunday.

The event was called in response to the actions of the Office of the President of the Republic (KPR) in informing the public about the health condition of President Miloš Zeman and his fitness to hold office.

As the organizers further stated in their description of the event on social media, they want to protest “against the deliberately false and offensive information to the public that is being released into the public space by the head of the Office of the President of the Republic, Vratislav Mynář, and the director of the Press Department and the press spokesman of the President of the Republic, Jiří Ovčáček.”

I don’t need to know the President’s diagnosis, but I want to know the prognosis,” wrote, among other things, organizer Edita Šramotová.

Mynář wants to refute the lies

On Friday evening, the head of KPR, Vratislav Mynář, said that he would comment early next week on the current situation regarding the hospitalization of President Miloš Zeman.

“In agreement with the family of the president, I am going to speak publicly at the beginning of next week and refute the lies that are being spread,” Mynář said. The chancellor did not respond to a question about whether the presidential office would respond to Monday’s inquiry by Senate President Vystrčil about the prognosis of Zeman’s health and whether he is fit for office.

Information on the condition of the head of state is important for possible negotiations on the delegation of presidential powers to other constitutional officials during Zeman’s indisposition, which would be possible with the consent of both chambers of parliament.