PRAGUE, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- A crowd of nearly 1,000
gathered at Jan Palach Square in the Czech capital of Prague to protest against
the planned U.S. radar base in the country.
Protestors also marched through the capital, holding
banners saying, "Stop the new arms race" and chanting slogans like "No radar
They also presented a letter intended for President
Barack Obama to the U.S. embassy.
Vojtech Filip, chairman of the Czech Communist Party,
which organized the protest, said his party wants a referendum on stationing a
radar base near Prague.
Other groups including the Mayors' League Against
Radar also took part in the rally.
According to the latest poll, two thirds of Czech
citizens insist on a referendum on stationing the U.S. radar base, which is part
of a planned U.S. missile shield in Eastern Europe.
The Czech Senate approved two treaties between the
Czech Republic and the United States concerning the issue, but the documents
need further endorsement from the lower house of parliament and Czech President
Vaclav Klaus before coming into effect.