Prague protest organizers claim to be part of an inclusive global movement called Reignite World Freedom on their website. This is defined against the “Global Agenda” under the Global Walkout banner.
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“So far, it is a very new movement,” commented the political scientist at Český rozhlas Plus. They say it is still an organization rather than a movement. They cited as their representatives many people who distinguished themselves in the anti-government resistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, including in the United States.
“We are seeing former anti-vaccination opponents turn into anti-government activists.”
“There are also reports of truck drivers protesting in Canada, it is not yet clear what support they are receiving in other countries, but it is mainly about this year. Now they are trying to fight other things: electronic monitoring of the population, there are calls to secure cash payment … So They have a broader agenda.”
It is also different from what we saw in the early 1990s and 2000s, when all kinds of anti-globalization movements emerged. It was very left oriented. They were indeed groups with clear links to the extreme left and mass support at the time. But at the moment I cannot say what kind of support they will receive,” the political scientist believes.
In the arms of the Kremlin?
Is this protest movement pushing disaffected people into the arms of the Kremlin? “You can’t generalize that,” replies the political scientist Maric. “I do not have a survey of the motivations of all the people in the different organizations – from different ideological backgrounds and different attitudes. Everything can be there.”
“Maybe the protesters feel that if they go to Moscow, better prices will be negotiated.”
“But I will say ideological justification, some effort to define themselves what they don’t like – for example, because they were not able to prove their existence. Perhaps also because they saw some of the faults of the present system, which they then exaggerated, and felt that a tendency toward Russian politics would better solve them. The financial aspect can also play a role.”
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“After all – looking back to the 1980s, we see strong Russian financial support for the so-called peace movement against the deployment of American and NATO weapons in Western Europe, which emerged as a movement fighting both blocs, but in the end it was as generously sponsored as the Soviet Union and the East German Police and other intelligence services.”
People want quick solutions
According to the political scientist, it is very likely that those who go to such demonstrations are people frustrated with hyperinflation and dissatisfied with the current government.
“Their motives are much broader. These people feel that they are doing poorly now and that if they go to Moscow, a better price (for gas and oil) will be negotiated quickly. And that is the only thing they care about at that moment, and they don’t put it in the broader context, that is, what could lead to it.”
“I can imagine that for a lot of people here, there’s a sudden fear that their economic and social situation will go down, and they feel it can be resolved immediately. And they don’t even care about the moral context, values or background of the person telling them at that point.”
“It is important for them to be dissatisfied and that they have to express it. They want someone to address their personal concerns right away,” he adds, adding that he doesn’t have proper social research, so he’s probably making a generalization.
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