In Prague, a demonstration against the placement of an American military base took place on Tuesday afternoon. Approximately fifty protesters gathered at Malostranské náměstí to voice their opposition.
The demonstration, organized by the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM), saw the participation of notable figures such as Milan Krajča, the Deputy Chairman of KSČM, Petra Prokšanová, the Chairwoman of the Youth Commission of KSČM, former Deputy Chairwoman of KSČM, Marta Semelová, and Jaroslav Foldyna, a member of the SPD party.
The protesters displayed Russian and Soviet flags, and one of the banners conveyed, “We don’t want the U.S. Army in the Czech Republic.”
Minister of Defense Jana Černochová (ODS) is in the United States, where she will sign a defense cooperation agreement (DCA) on Tuesday. She clarified to journalists that the agreement does not entail the placement of American soldiers or military bases in the Czech Republic.
“The agreement does not grant the United States the right to station soldiers and bases on our territory,” she stated.
The demonstration reflects the ongoing debate and opposition surrounding the potential establishment of an American military presence in the Czech Republic, highlighting differing views.