pátek 24. července 2009

Squatters stage protest march in Prague

Prague, July 21 (CTK) - Some 60 young people marched in the streets of Prague Tuesday in protest against the eviction of squatters from a dilapidated villa on the city outskirts.

No incidents occurred during the march of people in colourful clown-like costumes that ended on Palacky square in the the city centre around 15:00 this afternoon.

The meeting of squatters and their supporters was monitored by the police anti-conflict team.

The protesters were spreading leaflets informing about squatting to passers-by.

Tuesday's event is to culminate with a light show outside the Milada villa.

A security agency, hired by the real estate owner, the Institution for Information on Education(UIV), forcibly evicted the squatters from the villa in Prague-Troja, which they occupied illegally for long, at the end of June.

The eviction was stirred up by repeated complaints of local residents about noise and disorder the squatters made.

Human Rights and Minorities Minister Michael Kocab stood up for the squatters and he pushed for alternative housing for them.

They were offered three flats in a house in Prague centre that is ahead of a thorough reconstruction.

The squatters said they would like to stage various culture events there.

Kocab's involvement in the case was challenged by some politicians, media and the public.

Kocab was criticised for helping a few squatters at the time when thousands of people in Bohemia and Moravia were fighting for their lives and property endangered by disastrous floods.

The "old" residents, four families, in the house where the squatters found shelter did not welcome their new neighbours either. They said the house owner Petr Svinka thereby attempts to make them move out.
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