Leftist Czech political parties are in seventh heaven. Opinion polls conducted by the major agencies all put the Social Democrats (ČSSD) well in front should parliamentary elections be held now (and a third of the Senate seats are up in the autumn). The Communist Party (KSČM), meanwhile, is also gaining ground, ready to bank on attracting protest voters uninterested in its ideology – all the way to second place.
Political polls continue to show broadening support for the main two Czech left-wing parties, the Social Democrats (ČSSD) and Communists (KSČM), and give them a majority in the Lower House. But that creates a pretty big dilemma for ČSSD leader Bohuslav Sobotka, who is prevented from party rules from forming any coalition with the party to his left even if there may be no real alternative on his right. The low risk of relying on “silent” Communist support also carries its own hazards.
Czech activist Jan Cemper wants “real democracy” — and he wants it now. The main objective of his group, which draws its inspiration from foreign protest movements such as the Indignados and Occupy Wall Street, is to organize tent protests in the capital and other cities starting from April 28. Under the name Occupy Prague they intend to build a tent village to serve as a venue for debate over alternatives to the current political-economic system.