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(en) Czech, afed.cz: "Is that what you want?" -- (Not only) report from a slightly illegal walk on the Cibulk [machine translation]

Date Fri, 4 Aug 2017 11:11:54 +0300

Soon, it will be exactly two and a quarter of what squat Cibulka in Prague's Košíre has besieged a massive police army to protect the right of Oldrich Vanícek's owner to leave the farm calmly. Even then, the extensive chateau had a long history. Let us remind you of the ancient one, which dates back to the fourteenth century, and look briefly at a modern history that is perhaps more interesting. ---- On the other hand, Cibulka used to work as a cultural center for some time on the basis of an agreement with Vanicek, who was unable to sell the object and faced the fines from the keepers because he let it fall apart. However, the deal ended when the police arrived at Cibulk at the end of 2008, when the law bodies - allegedly investigating the perpetrators of a robbery attack - got into a squat squad battle in the castle. The result was three wounded cops, four residents of the castle accused of attacking a public official and the end of an agreement with the owner.

Cibulka once again lived in the summer of 2009 to protest the cleansing of Villa Milada and again three years later. Both occupations ended in a police action, but the other was another deal with Vanicek. This time, Cibulka lived for three years, creating a permanent community and a certain reputation around her.

Vanicek decided to stop at the end of March 2015, when he denounced the treaty that kept the balance between him and the squat squad. Of course, the manor did not leave. So the owner sent a strange, royal-militant masked guard with knives and gas pistols to the place, which annoyed at the entrance until May 6, when a final strike came in the form of a police raid.

As absurdly oversized and dramatic, various liberals criticized it. For a few dozen people in the mansion, a hundred and thirty heavens were covered by a water cannon. They followed up with the usual rudeness, when several people were injured and ten arrested. One of the detained, Mark D., Then accused of abolishing housing law. His conditional condemnation to two months at the end of May returned to the Constitutional Court.

Nowadays, an ignorant past history rises from Poštovka to Cibulka, and probably does not even realize it was a squat. The object is gradually disintegrating, in the best condition of all, it is probably a perimeter wall. The sign on the entrance gate warns that the castle is guarded by a security firm and the front wall is equipped with a barbed wire and motion detection device.

If a potential visitor does not want to try his dexterity, he can easily find another way in. The wall around the back of the Cibulka is a ridiculous obstacle for a more capable person, not to mention the giant hole in the fence that the person in question finds with some luck.

Inside is not - in short - almost nothing. Part of the walls crumble and graffiti reminiscent of the former glory of the Onions slowly fade away. The only new thing is motion-responsive lighting and a caravan, which probably acts as a threat to Vanek's unnamed visit. No one in it, and all the security of the front wall and the gates are absurd. Like all the efforts of the owner and the state of Cibulka to defend against squatting. The result of all these reprisals and raids is that Vanicek has a trailer stored in the overgrown garden.

Cibulka When a person leaves, you may notice a little luck inscription on the back gate, which asks rhetorically "That's what you want?"

A similar bitter question remains, even if the visitor leaves Cibulka and all Košíre behind. Who actually benefits from squatting? The building itself? Hardly. Town? Not in the least. It benefits only the dubious order of capitalism and the right to let the houses dilapidate and leave no one to live in them, let alone to do a culture or even a policy.

We have no reason to respect this right. Now that the right-wing politicians and the agitators are slowly preparing for further actions against the Zizkov Clinic, it is time to mobilize for future defense. Squats are labels of free life, social experiment, and an important background for autonomous politics. The place of meeting people, a place for life, for joy and learning of cooperation and solidarity.

Only a few are then more gloomy and raging more anger than a few years of empty squat. When a person stands in the middle of an empty room where people once lived, it almost feels like the whole house has been killed by killing.

For the time being, the state has managed to kill almost every "open" squat, which has objected to it politically and physically by its illegitimate presence. It is time to interrupt the series of victories, best once and for all.

Behind the Cibulka ten new squats!

Related links:

Against Evil Onions

Fast-track and demonstration

Behind the city for all


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