Final Word from Tuesday, March 10, 2020

When is the right time to stage a violent revolt against a government of a non-democratic political party that starts to infiltrate state institutions and to destroy everything that constitutes a democratic, rule-of-law state? "If businesspeople are able to buy a government, if they can buy laws, if they gradually take control of all institutions," said university teacher Daniel Kroupa at the Million Moments demonstration on March 1, "they are in fact behaving the same way as the Communists after 1948." The Czech Constitution, he continued, takes into account the possibility that if the essential elements of a rule-of-law state are altered, the people have the right to rise up. In extreme cases, he said, they can rise up violently. We didn't find this in the Constitution, but we did find it in the criminal code under § 310 Subversion of the Republic. There is not a great risk at the moment, Kroupa added, but it is necessary, as Masaryk said, to rise up against social evil while it is still small. [ Czech Republic changed Tomáš G. Thomas ANO KSČ Andrej Babiš ]

Glossary of difficult words

subversion - the undermining of the power and authority of an established system or institution.


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