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Bohemian royalists heavily involved in ongoing protests in the Czech Republic

Bohemian royalists are heavily involved in the protests against the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. This has been reported by some Czech media and the International Monarchist League. Amidst the huge protests, one can see the flags of the former kingdom of Bohemia and hear people shouting monarchist slogans during the protests.

The monarchist-part of the protest is organized by “The Monarchist Party of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia”, also referred to as “The Czech Crown”. This political party is a Czech monarchist political party that wishes the restoration of Czech monarchy with House of Habsburg-Lorraine. The party was founded in 1991.

The flag of the lost Czech kingdom during the weekend’s protests in Prague. Photo: The Czech Crown / The Monarchist Party of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia.

The Kingdom of Bohemia, sometimes referred to as the Czech Kingdom, was a medieval and early modern monarchy in Central Europe, the predecessor of the modern Czech Republic. It was an Imperial State in the Holy Roman Empire, and the Bohemian king was a prince-elector of the empire. The kingdom was established by the Přemyslid dynasty in the 12th century from the Duchy of Bohemia.

After the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, the territory became part of the Habsburg Austrian Empire, and subsequently the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1867. Following the defeat of the Central Powers in World War I, both the Kingdom and Empire were dissolved. Bohemia became the core part of the newly formed Czechoslovak Republic.

Archduke of Austria, Karl von Habsburg, pretender to the Bohemian throne. Photo: Jean-Frédéric via Wikimedia Commons.

The current pretender to the Bohemian throne is, therefore, the head of the Habsburg family, Karl von Habsburg. He is also pretender to the throne in the other former Habsburg-states such as Austria, Croatia, Hungary and several more.

About 100,000 Czechs met for a demonstration in Prague this weekend, demanding that Prime Minister Andrei Babis leave his position. The protest’s is referred to as the largest in the Czech Republic in decades. Billionaire Babis is accused of abusing millions of EU subsidies, and a preliminary investigation by the EU Commission has stated that the prime minister is in a conflict of interest as a businessman. “Shame, shame”, shouted protesters, holding up banners demanding Babis must be in prison.

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Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.