Defence Minister says cannot prevent army members joining anti-cuts demonstrations

28-08-2010

Czech Minister of Defence Alexandr Vondra has said he has no knowledge of members of the armed forces wanting to take part in police and fire fighters’ demonstrations against government austerity measures. Mr.Vondra told Czech Radio on Saturday that he could not prevent them joining the demonstrations if they were not in uniform and using their own free time. Police unions have said members of the armed forces have expressed interest in taking part in protests. The Ministry of Defence this year faces a 10 percent cut in the wage bill and bill for operating costs and a 5.0 percent cut in investments.