Czech Republic Population Protests US Missile Base

The government of the Czech Republic has been a strong supporter of President Bush’s proposal to build a missile base in their nation, but there apparently is widespread opposition to the move within the general population. Last week, an estimated 2,000 people gathered at the Brdy military grounds where the base will be built waving banners protesting the move. They marched to the nearby town of Misov where its mayor, Pavel Hruby, denounced the construction of the base and, together with other speakers, raised issues about the sovereignty of their nation. The people of the Czech Republic spent decades during which time foreign troops were on their soil, the new base will once again allow foreign troops to be present within their midst.

Many Czech Republic lawmakers would like a referendum on construction of the missile base because they believe a majority of the nation opposes the move.