Number of Green Party members attend demonstration against US base
Protestors on Saturday came out in Prague to demonstrate once again against the Czech Republic hosting a US radar base as part of a broader missile defense shield. More than 1,000 protestors took part; most were from the political left, though some were Greens who attended despite the fact that their party, a member of the ruling coalition, has tentatively backed the project.
"It reflects the debate the Greens have been having since they joined the government, ever since the government began talking about the possibility of a US base in the Czech Republic. We witnessed quite a wild debate on this issue during the Greens' national convention when Martin Bursik was on one side and a group of opponents led by Matej Stropnicky on the other. They created intense debate on the issue, which saw the Greens decide for a tentative 'Yes' although they stipulated they would like to see the base under NATO control.
After seven hours of internal debate on Sunday the Greens issued resolutions indicating that for now many unanswered questions remain: technical issues, questions of political impact, NATO's role and more. Given that negotiations with the US only began in May, it will take many months more before a final decision can be reached.