Pro-Palestinian Protest Gathers Momentum in Prague’s Old Town Square

Approximately 300 Palestinian supporters gathered in Prague’s iconic Old Town Square, taking to the streets on a peaceful march towards the Government Office building in the city center. Amid the backdrop of historical architecture, the demonstrators carried Palestinian flags and a prominent banner with a clear message: “Occupation is not peace; Israel is killing.” Accompanying signs conveyed a strong call for Palestinian freedom. A small counter-protest group of four individuals was also present, reflecting the diverse range of opinions on this complex issue.

The protesters embarked on a march that took them through Kaprova Street, across the historic Manes Bridge, and toward the Government Office on the other side of the picturesque Vltava River. Throughout the event, local law enforcement closely monitored the proceedings to ensure a peaceful and orderly demonstration.

Zdenek Jehlicka, representing the organizing initiative “Ne naším jménem! – Iniciativa za spravedlivý mír na Blízkém východě” (Not in Our Name! – Initiative for a Just Peace in the Middle East), used the platform to highlight the shared responsibility of the Czech political representation and media in addressing the ongoing conflict in the Middle East. He expressed concerns over what he views as the Czech political representation’s acceptance of Israeli statements that lead to what they perceive as collective punishment of Palestinians in Gaza, a situation they believe is in violation of international law.

This recent protest in Prague follows a similar event held just days earlier, where an equally large number of people gathered to express their solidarity with the Palestinian cause. The previous demonstration also witnessed the presence of pro-Israel supporters, including Defense Minister Jana Černochová. The continued presence of such gatherings underscores the depth of feelings and differing viewpoints surrounding this deeply divisive and longstanding international conflict. As Prague remains a city of cultural and political significance, it plays host to these demonstrations that capture the attention of both local and global audiences.

Article by Prague Forum

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