Thousands of Czechs demand premier, justice minister resign

Thousands of Czechs have rallied to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his new justice minister as protests are intensifying across the country.

The protesters gathered in several hundred towns Tuesday, a week after tens of thousands rallied in Prague.

They are calling on Babis to step down after a preliminary European Union report established a conflict of interest over subsidies for his former business empire.

They want the same from the justice minister who they say might compromise the legal system at a time when prosecutors have to decide whether to indict Babis over alleged fraud involving EU funds in a separate case.

A major protest is scheduled for June 23 in Prague if their demands aren't met. Babis repeatedly has said he won't resign.