Demonstration against electronic cash registers held in Prague
Around one thousand people demonstrated in the centre of Prague on Saturday against the law on electronic cash registers, which came into effect in December 2016. The gathering on Wenceslas Square was organised by the Association of Entrepreneurs and Managers and two other groups. The system, under which businesses’ sales are relayed to an online taxation database in real time, enters its second phase on March 1, when it starts to apply to retailers. The association’s chairman described the system as instrument of state despotism and spying on business people. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Andrej Babiš argues it will curb tax evasion.