The Czech police announced that they used tear gas and water cannons to disperse a demonstration that was organized, on Sunday, in the capital, Prague, against government measures to stop the spread of the new Corona virus, and witnessed acts of violence.
Police said that thousands of protesters, including extremist football fans, gathered in the historic center square of the capital, to demand the resignation of Health Minister Roman Primula, who is behind these restrictions.
The demonstration turned violent, when the police tried to disperse the demonstrators, and clashed with them, after the number of participants far exceeded the permissible limit.
Prague Police Chief Thomas Lerch told reporters that the participants attacked the police without any reason, while another officer described them as “extremist football fans.”
We used water cannons, tear gas and stun grenades, Lerch added, adding that about 20 policemen were injured.
The Prague Emergency Service reported on Twitter that it had treated nine people and brought four to hospital, mainly suffering from head injuries, wounds and breathing problems due to tear gas poisoning.
The police announced that they had arrested about 50 people before the march, and confiscated fireworks, metal tools, batons and weapons.
And the Czech Republic is the worst among the European Union countries, in terms of the number of cases of Covid-19, and deaths per 100,000 people.
On Friday, the European Union member state, which has a population of 10.7 million, set a new record for daily injuries, reaching 11,105.
As of Sunday, there had been more than 170,000 confirmed infections and more than 1,400 deaths.
The march was organized by the civic “Hun” association, although football fans made up a large proportion of the participants.
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