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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]
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
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
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!
Against Evil Onions
Fast-track and demonstration
Behind the city for all
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