The Czech police used tear gas and pressurized water to disperse a violent demonstration held today in Prague, against the strict measures taken by the government to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Thousands of protesters, including football fans, gathered in the capital to demand the resignation of Health Minister Roman Primula.
The incidents broke out when police tried to disperse the crowd because the number of participants was much larger than allowed.
“Protesters attacked the police for no reason,” said Prague Police Chief Thomas Lertz, while another senior official blamed the hooligans.
About 20 police officers were injured. The emergency services said via Twitter that first aid was provided to nine people and four other injured were taken to hospital.
Prior to the rally, police arrested 50 people and confiscated various items, such as fireworks, globes, rails and weapons.
170,000 cases and more than 1,400 deaths from Covid-19 have been reported in the Czech Republic.
The Minister of Health “does not accept any objections. How dare he. Who does he think he is talking to? We are not sheep, we are normal people “, said a protester speaking to the French Agency.
Primoula accused the protesters of burdening the medical and nursing staff. “As a result (of the merger), I guess we will have hundreds of new cases,” he said.