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(en) Czech, afed: DIY carnival lives! -- A short report from this year's carnival celebrating the bottom-up culture and defining hate speech.

Date Sun, 1 Oct 2017 19:06:04 +0300

If anyone thought that regular DIY carnival had already run out and after a pause of years they were veto and only a memory that would not make anyone anymore, was wrong. On Saturday, September 23, everyone could see that this holiday of free and below-ground culture has faithfulness - at least three thousand participants. ---- DIY carnival always meant entertainment, music from boxes of sound systems, imaginative masks, but for someone and alcohol, etc. Moralists may prefer to stay at home on this day. Even though a large number of participants and policymakers do not address too much, it is clear to everyone that taking the streets back and bringing their own content is of utmost political value. Likewise, this year's carnival had its political motto: "For freedom and against xenophobia". The last years of hatred against a particular religious minority and refugees who have not seen them in the Czech Republic have been saying that. The tightening screws of the securitization company were reflected in the cry of desire for freedom without bullying and restraint.

In the vicinity of the Prague Cross Club, it was already alive after noon, more than twenty mobile, imaginatively decorated sound systems. And with them, thousands of people in a party in the city center, which as part of the process of gentrification ceases to be a place of life and becomes just the backdrop of a capitalist spectacle. The static part of the carnival was accompanied by the performance of bands on the outdoor stage of the club. Besides, the Cocina Perida kitchen team offered vegan goodies in symbiosis with the distraction of the Anarchist Federation. Flyers were distributed to support the Klinika Autonomous Social Center. On some sound systems, flags of Antifascist action or anti-racist messages are fabulous.

Shortly after three o'clock, all vans, trailers, trucks, even the tractor, and the original steampunk pedal were headed. The sound of the music went through the Dukel heroes on the waterfront of Captain Jaroš and at the Štefánikuv bridge the length of the whole parade was great. From there people danced in the direction of Dvorák's embankment. In the allegedly most luxurious street of Bohemia-Paris, noise alarms were added to the expensive cars that did not control the pulse of the ubiquitous tekna. Hordes of tourists were recording a passing attraction to their smart phones, and sometimes they asked what they were doing here. From Old Town Square it turned into the Long and then the Revolutionary. On the way, it was probably the cheerleaders who crowded their supplies. It is no wonder that some of the dancers already looked "tired" at that time.

Here, a number of cops, including heavy-haired kuklás and anti-demo weapons, were bursting on the bridge. Fortunately nothing provoked them. During the march, some police officers tried to snatch somebody out of the grass and annoyed people who only had a wrapped cigarette because they could not recognize her from the juncture. In general, however, no one was doing anything like that.

DIY Carnival has been the atmosphere of a liberating city experience where there are no differences between people due to their color, gender or sexual orientation, where the road is full of dancers instead of the regular car queue, where you light the jointa and cough up on the cops next to what you would rather drown in the Vltava River.

27.9.2017 -kl-

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