The Prague’s renowned squat Villa Milada, which was evicted three years ago after being one of the most important places for Czech autonomous underground scene, had been occupied by approximately 30 people on Saturday June 30th to commemorate the bleak anniversary by an improvised hardcore punk gig. Even though the authorities were informed that this is a one-off event which is not an attempt to reoccupy the squat for good but a symbolic pointing out of a passive approach of a Czech state to take care of unused buildings and of the oppression against alternative culture, the police reacted with a massive police operation including an aggressive attack against the non-violent concert-goers, which resulted in many bloody injuries and in a temporary arrest of tens of people. [Read More]
This Monday 14th September 2009, the first few squatters, detained during the Saturday action in Apolinářská Street, were taken over to court.
The first trial had to start at 3 PM. At that time, some fifty people gathered in front of the building or even inside, in front of the courtroom, to show their solidarity with charged people. The sole judge only allowed journalists who possessed a press pass to enter the room. But this weird decision was stridently refused by the comrades of accused squatters and as the judge couldn’t find an answer why people with a certain card should be favoured, he excluded all public from the trial.
Tha support and encouragement was then only showed by presence in front of the court or in the hall. It’s important to point out that this really was an encouragement and all the charged (and later released) people found our presence to be a big relief and help, important after all those hours they had spent isolated in a cell. We could even see their tired faces, that just brightened up after they saw their comrades’ gathering, even if they knew that the trial would take place in few minutes.
im sending you some pictures and videos from first day of action, and brief description of what has happend.
we gathered at one square at prague, than, after an hour of some program, we went to a march thru city to pretend we gonna squat one house on our way. In meantime another group silently squatted house nearby and gave us echo. After echo, we came to this house, and started to support insiders. Some more people passed to house (now there were like 25 people with one guy from press), than the police attacked us, and pushed us from the house.. they wanted to keep distance between us an house. After two hours of negotiation with really high placed police officers, some woman from owner with whatewer stamp she needed told that they dont want us in the house. After another hour they provocativly arrested two of our friends, so there were ome actions against it. Than without any delay, cops started to throw teargas on the street, and theese explosives (like multiple bang) and started to tear us apart and they arrested more people (5 more) There were some wunded people. We regrupped at a square, and decided to go, and try to support our commarades in the house. All area was cutted off, so we came from back of the house, where they had the poorest defence. We builded some barricades, and splitit into two groups (one was like 20 people and the other was like 40. First group was supposed to defend the barricade and second to attack the cops. But we were quite surprised by arrival of two police vans with aproximetly 20 riotcops, and gave echo to people in the street, but only half of our “barricade group” escaped, and both the other half and all of the people attacking the cops were arrested.
Riot cops got into house aroun 5 in morning, they used whatewer they had, even military wehicle rebuilt to riot barricade. And after an hour of cutting thru barricades in the house they arrested all of the squtters in the house and on the roof.
So we have 100 arrested (most of them are allready out with only disobeing of police orders) and another 25 (press guy incl.) has crime of using property… In monday, theres gonna be fast courtcase.
We are asking u for whatewer support u can possibly provide.
In this actionweek, we gonna squat another house.
SQUATTING ACTION IN PRAGUE!!! FROM MONDAY!! (food and place to sleep is ready)
now the photos and videos:
Public squatting action took place in Prague yesterday. This is just a small info after returning from the streets.
Around 300 people gathered in publicly announced assembly point at 14:00. After an hour and a half they went to march to abandoned building, that was a subject of corporate media speculation about the target of the squatting action. But that was just a smokescreen for a police – meanwhile a group of 20 people occupied empty house nearby, right next the police station.
When the red and black flag was raised at the house, people run to the house. After a short party in front of the house when several people from demo enter the house by the rope, police attacked the demo, trying to arrest a masked guy (masking is illegal). He was de-arrested twice in peaceful way (by passive resistance), but finally arrested.
Media, politicians, neo-Nazis and even “decent people” have united in order to bring to light today’s biggest threat: the unadapted. The abusive characterization has began to live its own life. It is used for denouncing anyone who is not a favorite: Roma, squatters, ravers, the poor…
The unadaptability label seems to point out something about the labeling society itself. It reveals what its principal value really is: to adapt. It want us to be obedient career makers indifferent to our environment, always ready to conform.
“Unadaptability”, in fact, threatens the most important thing we have – freedom. Adaptable freedom is a contradiction in terms, we identify freedom precisely when it does not adapt.
The story of villa Milada, one of the best known and longest existing czech squat, began 1st May 1998, when was squatted by group of people evicted from another building. Milada is situated in Holešovice district in Prague, north of the city center, near a river. On the place it stands was old villa quarter, which had to fall back on account of new colleges project planned in „communist“ regime. But from the college project are finally realized only three high-rised buildings. Milada also had to be demolished, but finally it was only deleted from the cadastre. Demolition never happened and since the time, Milada didn’t exist in documents. Squatters wanted to make an agreement with Institute for informations in education, the administrator of Milada and surrounding land, all the time, but despite this, unsuccesfull attempt to evict the squat followed soon. Eviction was unsuccesfull, also thanks to support of college students. In Milada took place concerts, annual Resistance feast (reminder of eviction attempt), Food Not Bombs cooking, projections….
This statement is meant to declare our attitude concerning recent events and also to introduce our vision of the future. Since the eviction of our house, our collective is growing bigger and stays open to new people. This collective is based on the principle of non-hierarchy, without those who control and those who are controlled, and on self-organization. Everyone who participates on collective work participates also on collective decisions. The process of collective decisions is based on consensus. In opposition In opposition to the existing rules of society rules we work on principles of mutual help, equality and respect, our relations and needs are not calculated according to money or prestige.
This morning 7th July at around 6.50, squat Milada (evicted one week ago) was temporarily occupied. This action was meant to highlight a possible demolition of the building. The UIV office denied that the house would be demolished, but they stated that the static controllors take interest in the house. And if the house is dangerous, thay will have to pull it down. Please note, that the whole roof tiles of the house were destroyed by the security agency during the eviction, windows smashed and everything destroyed. The security agency waistcoat, that was placed on the pole last week, has been torn down and an anarchist flag is now fluttering above Milda again. Two people were arrested, released few hours later.
On the 30th of June the Milada squat was evicted. The house was not a part of the cadastre, because it was meant to be demolished years ago. This hasn’t happened and the squatters occupied an INVISIBLE house, because for the authorities it hasn’t legally existed. This was 11 years ago. The place changed a lot, people left and came, at the moment noone from the former collective was living in the house. Few years ago, the place got through a crisis and with a new collective, more actions were held and Milada built quite a strong background and managed to cooperate with other struggles. Now, the controller of the building (UIV – Institute for Information in Education) owned by state tried to make Milada a legally acknowledged place again, though it is not sure, if they were really succesful, anyway they ordered an eviction, and paid a security agency with neonazis as employees. They used violence, hurt people sitting on the roof, destroyed all accessories of Milada and completely damaged the roof. Video (more on utube): http://www.archive.org/details/DemonstraceProtiVyklizeniSquatuMilada1.7.2009 Stencils: http://www.csaf.cz/spravy.php?sprava=1415 Twitter (mostly in czech): https://twitter.com/squatMilada
We, as the ex inhabitants of squat Milada, would like to express our statement about events that happened on 30th Juin. On this day was made a violent eviction of eleven years functioning cultural and social centre, which represented the last place of its kind in the Czech Republic. By this moment something has changed in all of us: nazis from the security agency Prague security group together with cops destroyed during one day the place where we had been transforming our dreams and visions into reality. The Minister for Human Rights Kocab promised to initiate a conference about potential substitute space, however, we are not going to rely on politicians in this battle and we are not going to calm down the rightful anger of people to whom Milada meant something. Regardless of the results of the negotiation there is going to come an adequate answer to the eviction of Milada, which is going to hurt institutions responsible for this action. We feel urgent need to generate new spaces where we can live and create in our own way, without authority. Any kind of activity pointing to this goal is from our point of view legitimate. Society, where is common that goverment institutions go hand in hand with neonazis against people creating non-commercial culture has no right to call itself free.. Support demonstrations, start direct actions, be creative! Something has ended by the eviction of Milada but there´s also space for creating something new. No repression stops our desire for freedom!
Security agency and police are evicting the squat, two persons have been injured, around seven squatters are barricaded on the roof.
In Bratislava, SK, a demonstration will be held at 15.30 in front of the Czech embassy.
At around 18:00, the minister for human rights and ethnical minorities arrived on site and negotiations started. Two resisting squatters then came down and the minister promissed, that he will try to find a solution and that the negotiations will continue, he gave nothing concrete. Well, he will leave his office in three months time!
Now, after this decision to go for negotiations, let’s see how the movement around our only autonomous space will develop and cultivate the taste for freedom! Keep the pressure!