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Czechs Protest Over Cost-of-Living Crisis With Ukraine in Focus

Protesters in Wenceslas Square of Prague, on Oct. 28.

Protesters in Wenceslas Square of Prague, on Oct. 28.

Photographer: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images

More than 10,000 people filled the Czech capital’s central Wenceslas Square on Friday, with demonstrators calling for the government to resign as consumers face sharply rising prices.  

The latest such rally to be held in Prague is intensifying pressure on Prime Minister Petr Fiala to address public concerns over soaring energy costs. The protest underscores an emerging trend of populist political forces across Europe tapping public anger over rising prices compounded by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.