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Protests in Prague on anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

Protests in Prague on anniversary of the Velvet Revolution
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Protest returned to the streets of Prague 25 years after the Velvet Revolution changed the political direction of the Czech Republic.

This time the demonstrators waved red cards. It was a soccer-style warning aimed at President Milos Zemen.

He is accused of drifting back towards Moscow the one time power centre of the country.

The president’s words were drowned out by whistling and booing when he tried to address the crowd. It’s estimated 5,000 protesters rallied in the capital some with banners saying, “We don’t want to be a Russian colony.”

Zeman has defended Russia despite Prague’s European Union partners imposing economic sanctions on Moscow for its involvement in Ukraine.

In Prague and other cities candles were lit in memory of those who were injured when police violently broke up a student march 25 years ago.

Supporters of President Zeman planned a separate rally to show their backing for him. The former leftist prime minister came to power last year and still retains the support of about half of the voters.