Protesters against VAT hike on books meet at Old Town Square

A protest against raising value added tax on books is being held at Old Town Square in Prague on Wednesday. Several hundred writers, publishers, representatives of colleges and sympathisers have been taking part in the event, called “Don’t Tax Books, Don’t Tax Information”. More than 160,000 have so far supported the protest against the VAT hike on the website of the association of Czech booksellers and publishers. The government intends to raise the decreased VAT rate from 10 to 14% in 2012 and to 17.5% in 2013.