Despite an official ban on rallies around a thousand opponents of a US missile defence plan have demonstrated in Prague.
Hugely controversial, there remains widespread opposition to place one of the shield’s radar stations on Czech soil. Opponents claim some 70 percent of the population are against the idea. Last month, the Czech government was forced to withdraw treaties signing it up to the scheme, fearing they would be thrown out by the country’s lower house of parliament. Despite efforts by the new US administration to ease diplomatic tensions with Moscow, Russia also remains deeply opposed to the missile defence shield seeing it as a direct threat to its national security.