Police in Prague used water cannons to disperse the initially permitted rally with the participation of about 1,000 sports fans who protested against the cancellation of all sports events because of COVID-19. It was reported by “Czech Radio” on October 18.
Many of those who gathered on Staromestskaya Square did not have medical masks and did not observe social distance, thus violating instructions of authorities. As a result soon after the rally started the authorities decided to ban it.
The protesters began throwing stones, bottles and other items at the rally in response to police actions. “According to preliminary information, there should be about 20 victims, including police officers. The injuries could be caused by collisions or by tear gas,” said Yana Postova, spokeswoman for Prague’s emergency services.
The rally was condemned by Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babish. According to him, those gathered did not think about the health of their fellow citizens. Immediately after the rally, law enforcement officers detained 16 participants.