Intellectuals take to the streets again for science and culture

More than 200 scientists and artists took to the streets on Wednesday at Prague’s Jan Palach Square for an event called “The Future is Not for Sale”, protesting state education and art policies. In speeches and slogans the crowd of students, professors and professionals attacked what they called the marginal interest of politicians in supporting science and education and the work of the governmental Council for Research, Experimental Development and Innovation, the members of which include politicians and businessmen. The current government has been criticised on a number of occasions for having proclaimed education a pillar of social development in their policy statement, and later cutting the education budget by 12 billion crowns.