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More than 200,000 protesters call for the departure of the Prime Minister, thirty years after the Velvet Revolution

Populist Andrej Babis faces a series of corruption charges and a European Commission investigation into a possible conflict of interest.

More than 200,000 Czechs stormed the center of Prague on Saturday [November 16th] to demand the departure of billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis, accused of corruption. This gathering was held on the eve of the thirtieth anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, a series of demonstrations and a general strike that toppled communism in former Czechoslovakia.

A former communist, the populist Babis faces a series of corruption charges and a European Commission investigation into a possible conflict of interest. This case concerns its holding Agrofert, which brings together different activities in its vast farms, in the media and in the chemical sector. The head of the Czech government rejects the accusations. Andrej Babis is also identified as an agent in secret police files of the 1980s, which the billionaire has strongly denied.

The Million Moments of Democracy Movement, organizer of the protest, called on the Prime Minister to find a solution to his conflicts of interest or to withdraw. In June, some 250,000 people had already gathered in Prague to ask Andrej Babis to resign at the biggest demonstration ever since the Velvet Revolution.

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