ZÁPADNÍ SAHARA \ Statut: bezpráví

Debata o stavu lidských práv v Západní Sahaře s českou premiérou filmu „Life is Waiting: Referendum & Resistance in Western Sahara“

1.3.17, 19:00, družstevní kavárna ROH, U Božích bojovníků 606/3, Praha 3 – Žižkov

Namalovaný ukazováček je kampaň lidí Sahrawi / Saharaui (Sahrawánci) za právo na sebeurčení (čl. 1 ICESCR), které jim Maroko po více jak 40 let upírá. Západní Sahara (Saharská arabská demokratická republika) je poslední africkou kolonií, a to přesto, že její státní suverenitu uznal Mezinárodní soudní dvůr, OSN nebo v loňském roce i Soudní dvůr EU.

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Maroko dodnes jejich stát vojensky okupuje, neumožňuje jim rovnocenně studovat, pracovat nebo se kulturně rozvíjet. Na okupovaném území Západní Sahary není ani jedna univerzita. Není tam ani jedna knihovna. Kromě vojenské tam není žádná kvalitně zajištěná nemocnice. Neexistuje tam divadlo, ani jedno pořádné kino.

Sahrawi jsou upírána i občanská a politická práva. Nemohou se organizovat ani jakkoli politicky angažovat. Je jim zakázáno pořizovat jakékoli záznamy z veřejných protestů a demonstrací. Volný vstup zahraničním novinářům a pozorovatelům je zakázán, či jsou v případě kontaktu se Sahrawi zajištěni a vyhoštěni. Policie pravidelně dělá razie do jejich obydlí, zadržuje je a podrobuje je zvlášť nelidskému zacházení. Míra mučení je extrémní.

Na okupovaných územích Západní Sahary se nachází největší ložiska fosfátu. Pás kolem obratníku raka patří mezi nejbohatší loviště ryb v oblasti. Jde o strategické území a Marocké království je také významným spojencem tradičních velmocí. Peace-keepingová mise OSN (MINURSO) je jedinou takovou misí na světě, která nenese agendu lidských práv.

Se spolupracovnicí Mille z Dánska se nám jako jediným z naší několikačlenné skupiny mezinárodních pozorovatelek a pozorovatelů podařilo na okupovaná území Západní Sahary dostat a nakonec se i setkat s disentem a posbírat tak cenné informace. To s sebou neslo překonání řady nástrah a úskalí, včetně honičky v autech někde na periferii hlavního města Laayoune při úprku ze spárů marocké tajné policie…

Trailer k filmu:

https://vimeo.com/123847322

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4242392/

Vstup dobrovolný.
Vybrané peníze poslouží jako příspěvek pro Culture of Resistance Films.
Akce se koná za podpory Z Prahy 3.

Podobná akce proběhne ještě v březnu v rámci cyklů Ufoss v Crossu a na půdě FF UHK ve spolupráci s katedrou politologie. Více o těchto akcích později.

Reklamy

Human Rights-based monitoring: Berkasovo (SRB) / Bapska (HRV) border crossing

I have spent 3 days (28. – 30. 10. 2015) on Serbian-Croatian border in Berkasovo (SRB) as a volunteer involved in the grassroot, self-organized and self-named “Czech Team”. During that time there were more than 100 volunteers working and an absolute majority were from the Czech Rep. The main task of the team was to provide basic humanitarian aid to refugees (clothes, food, hygiene supplies and medical care[1]) and to organize refugees in to groups of 50 people to fit to a bus on the other side of the border, so called “crowd management”. Buses from the Croatian side take all refugees to a camp in Opatovac, where they are registered and then they can continue to other EU countries, mostly to Germany. According to the Czech Team, the estimation of passing refugees through Berkasovo is around 4.000 refugees per day.

 

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I have had a chance to shortly talk with tens of refugees personally. Mostly to men with and without families, the majority of them from Syria and Afghanistan. Other nationalities were from Iraq, Iran and a few from African countries like Eritrea. The situation on the border was not ideal for decent interviews; all refugees were in hurry or/and had to move step by step from the Serbian border to Croatia, some of them were together with big families or group of friends and could not leave them even for a short moment or could not spend more time with me due to other reasons. Unfortunately, a lot of them could not speak in any common language. Moreover, all volunteers including myself were really busy because of the amount of people who were coming to the border and because most of them were in different types of actual need. Due to this fact, my findings are much more general than detailed; also consist of stories which were shared by other volunteers. However, this report can be divided to two main parts: (1) findings directly linked to the refugees‘ situation and (2) findings directly linked to a Serbian cooperation with the Czech Team (civic society in general) in Berkasovo. Nevertheless, some findings are a mixture of both.

 

1) Findings directly linked to a refugee‘ situation

– All refugees I was talking with came by bus from Preševo (Прешево).

– Buses from Preševo are organized by the Serbian government.

– The cost is around 40€, but the price has been reduced recently. Before it was more than 70€.

– According to the Czech Team, the bus company is owned by a relative of the Serbian Prime Minister.

– According to a few refugees‘ testimonies, sometimes Serbian Police stop buses on the way and wants a bribe which has to be collected and paid by refugees.

– Buses from Bulgarian border go via Belgrade where probably all refugees have to transfer. Usually they have to wait for several hours without any assistance in the city. During that time, when refugees are waiting, refugees are vulnerable towards other police harassment (bribes, violence, thefts …).

– Due to that fact, some of them rather take a taxi which costs from Belgrade to Berkasovo around 100€.

– Syrian refugees pay 3.000 – 4.500€ to get to the EU border. The most expensive part is from Turkey to Greece, around 1500€.

– The Serbian government does not provide any humanitarian aid to these refugees.

– Most of all refugees, do not have proper information about their situation including where they are going, what rights they have in Serbia, what is obligatory for them and what is not.

– In Preševo they are registered and fill documents which look like an asylum request. The problem is, that everybody doesn’t have these documents >> refugees who don’t have it are stressed by the situation, e.g. they would not be able to leave Serbia legally. There are many who do not have these documents.

– There is a suspicion that all or a majority of refugees do formal/legal acts without an interpreter.

– One volunteer shared a story with me which about the situation on the border with Bulgaria (Although I have not personally met anybody who crossed the border from Bulgaria). She met 3 men from Afghanistan who have been in detention for 35 days under very bad conditions (lack of food and drinks, police violence incl. beatings). Moreover, they were taken from their families.

– According to other volunteers, the situation in Dimitrovgrad (Димитровград) is much worse than in Preševo. Especially on the Bulgarian side, including their Police behaves very aggressively, even brutally, towards refugees.

– According to other volunteers, the situation in Harmanli camp (Bulgaria) is frightening. The camp is overcrowded (more than 2.500 instead of its capacity, which is around 1.600 persons). International standards are far from being fulfilled. Namely, there is lack of medical care including medicaments (refugees must pay even for basics), there is no governmental support for education in the camp >> the Kurdish minority has established an autonomy there to fulfill fundamental rights for their children and other vulnerable groups. However, they are in persistent conflict with Bulgarian authorities. Police attack refugees in the camp regularly.

 

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2)  Findings directly linked to a Serbian cooperation with the Czech Team in Berkasovo

– Serbian authorities use a very negative approach towards the refugee crisis.

– Serbian authorities do not provide any humanitarian aid. They just provide paid buses and trains occasionally.

– Serbian authorities do not understand the purpose of civic society >> they do not understand the motivation of all volunteers in case of overall humanitarian aid. They are very suspicious towards the Czech Team and are not constructive at all. Serbian authorities obstruct and even take to time harass volunteers on the border rather than cooperate. They are not making better conditions for the people who came to help on their own costs and in the end, are doing a job which should be done by Serbia as a state.

– According to the Czech Team, the communication with Serbian authorities is very complicated. The Serbian Commissariat for Refugees does not keep agreements and does not let the Czech Team do their job easily. The Commissariat behaves like a partner towards the Czech Team (on the border) but in the center (Belgrade) denigrates the Czech Team and other organizations too.

– According to the Czech Team, three weeks ago Serbian authorities banned all Czech Team‘ activities without any relevant reason. They allowed to the Czech Team to work on the border after a while again. Afterwards, there did not come any reasonable explanation.

– According to the Czech Team, the Czech Team and also other organizations (incl. MSF) have a very bad experience with the Serbian Red Cross and WAHA. They block their activities continuously; it looks like they are on one side with Serbian authorities but the reason is a bit baffling. Red Cross and WAHA do not want to let the Czech Team to provide medical care on the site even though there is no other medical care on the border at some points. There was a case when WAHA blocked the Czech Team medics to provide medical care to somebody who was almost dying. During my stay, I witnessed tens of people who were in medical need and no one apart from the Czech Team medics could help them, which they did.

– According to the Czech Team, Serbian authorities do not want to let the Czech Team to build big army tents[2] for families. This need came after the situation when the Croatian side closed their border. Afterwards, the area before the border was full of thousands of people in a short while. The area before the border does not provide any shelter for bigger amounts of people. The Czech Team provides just tens of camping tents in case of such crisis for the most vulnerable, e.g. for mothers with babies.

– Serbian authorities want to ban to the Czech Team to use cars on the border (not to cross the border, but to carry supplies to the base from Šid (Шид) for example). It can have devastating impact on logistics.

– The border crossing between Berkasovo and Bapska will be closed soon also because the camp in Opatovac (HRV) does not provide enough in winter season. Therefore, a new camp will be opened in Slovanski Brod (HRV) where all refugees from Serbia will be transported by trains from Šid. It can be expected that more humanitarian aid will be needed in Šid. To provide decent humanitarian aid in Šid during the winter season, Serbian authorities must change their approach towards refugees and civic society which has an irreplaceable role in such a situation.

 

[1] Medical care is officially provided only to volunteers, but the team medics help to refugees too. More in the report.

[2] These tents would be provided by the Czech Government.

More photos with captions: https://goo.gl/photos/APf2y9YrEHtihpFF9

Jsem tu, protože #přijímám

Současná diskuze o uprchlicích a uprchlících se v našich končinách stává dokonalou rasově motivovanou fraškou. Nad Českem se kupí hustý bílý mrak nenávisti, ze kterého lítají hromy blesky jako jeden hejt za druhým. Je jedno, jestli zleva, zprava či snad zpředu anebo zezadu. Dokonce i opozice si poprvé v historii samostatné České republiky notuje s vládou; tuzemští občané a občanky se po 70 letech od pokusu o vlastní likvidaci v průběhu WWII zařadili do čela evropského odporu vůči rozmanitosti. Nic než národ! Snad jako kdyby nám tu již pár let ordinoval české nadlidství mi(ni)str propagandy Goebbles. Jako kdyby se rasová nenávist stala všeobecně kladně přijímanou hodnotou, a to i přesto, že rasová diskriminace už dávno patří v mezinárodní judikatuře mezi ty nejhorší provinění proti lidským právům vůbec.

Jenže v Česku máme s tím rasismem tak nějak problém dlouhodobě. Tu se přetaví do nenávistných pogromů proti Romkám a Romům, tu v nenávistné shromáždění proti muslimkám a muslimům, kterých tu máme jak šafránu anebo v době konfliktu na Ukrajině proti Ruskám a Rusům v různých podobách. Tím ale ten výčet samozřejmě nekončí. Zkrátka nějaká rasově diskriminovaná skupina se vždycky najde, co si nakonec užije svých 15 minut slávy na pódiu české nenávisti.

Mladí zelení společně s dalšími za udělení azylu syrským rodinám v ČR

Mladí zelení společně s dalšími za udělení azylu syrským rodinám v ČR

Já nejsem rasista, ale…“. Je Česko vskutku společenským zrcadlem života Daniela Landy, co kdysi na bílým koni přijel a dodnes z něj neslezl? Ten přece taky není žádným rasistou a nikdy nebyl, protože zpívat „kdo nám to sem z palmy spad’? Černý voči, je to negr, to není můj kamarád,“ není žádný rasismus, ale… antikomunismus, v lepším případě mladistvá nerozvážnost. To je na diagnózu. Co by asi zpíval mladý Daniel dnes? „Kdo nám to sem na bárce připlaval? …“?!

Skutečnou malost rasové diskriminace pak ale nejlépe odkrývá skutečnost, které čelíme a která mě původně vedla k napsání tohoto textu. Úřad Vysokého komisaře pro uprchlíky zveřejnil 18. června dlouho očekávanou výroční zprávu za rok 2014. Závěry této zprávy mobilizují tisíce ne-li milióny lidí, kteří se organizují za účelem najít v duchu mezinárodních standardů udržitelné východisko. Takřka 60 miliónů lidí se dostalo v loňském roce nedobrovolně do pohybu. Tj. 42,5 tisíce lidí denně, kteří byli z důvodů perzekucí či ozbrojeného konfliktu nuceni opustit svá obydlí. 86 % uprchlic a uprchlíků našlo pomoc v rozvojových zemích, 25 % pak v těch zcela nejméně rozvinutých. Více jak 50 % všech uprchlic a uprchlíků byly v loňském roce děti mladších 18 let z toho 34,3 tisíc bez doprovodu dospělé osoby.

Globální Sever, nejbohatší státy světa včetně České republiky, které se řadí mezi ty rozvinuté i proto, že úroveň lidských práv a svobod a institucionální ochrana lidí v tísni je hluboce zakotvena v právním řádu daného státu, se nyní nedokáží vyrovnat ani s ¼ z celkového počtu migrujících osob za důstojným životem. Takovým životem, na který má každá lidská bytost nezcizitelné právo. Prostě proto, protože všichni lidé rodí se svobodní a sobě rovní co do důstojnosti a práv.

Jsem tu, protože #přijímám

Jsem tu, protože #přijímám

60 miliónů nuceně vysídlených osob ale dokazuje, že na mnoha místech naší planety se lidé stále svobodní a sobě rovní nerodí. Díky perzekucím nebo rozličným katastrofám, ať už přírodním nebo ozbrojeným konfliktům, zkrátka důstojného života nežijí. I proto se mezinárodní společenství už při sestavování Všeobecné deklarace lidských práv usneslo, že článkem 14 právo na azyl zařadí mezi základní lidská práva. Doslova tedy tak, že každý má právo vyhledat si před pronásledováním útočiště v jiných zemích a požívat tam azylu. Anebo rovněž, že každý má právo na takovou životní úroveň, která by zajistila jeho zdraví a blahobyt vč. jeho rodiny (čl. 25), ale zejména to, že každý má právo na život, svobodu a osobní bezpečnost (čl. 3). K dalšímu rozpracování a posílení těchto práv v mezinárodním lidskoprávním rámci došlo poté, co byla v roce 1951 OSN schválena Ženevská konvence o uprchlících. A protože hlavními garanty lidských práv jsou státy, jsou to právě oni, kdo má povinnost zajistit ochranu lidských práv všem v rámci své jurisdikce. Tam, kde pak stát není schopen zajistit ochranu některých základních práv, osoba se může domáhat ochrany těchto práv v jiném státě. A o nic víc v podstatě nejde.

Koneckonců, v takové situaci se ocitlo v minulosti i mnoho Češek a Čechů, ať už za války nebo v průběhu minulého režimu. To je všeobecně známo. A stalo se tak i mému tatínkovi, který před 40 lety, společně ještě se dvěma kamarády uprchl před perzekucí za vidinou důstojného života přes Maďarsko, Jugoslávii a Rakousko do Německa, kde získal azyl, mohl svobodně žít a rozvíjet se.

V těchto emotivních chvílích, mediálních a politických přestřelkách si o to víc uvědomuji, nakolik vděčím všem dobrým lidem, kteří nebyli v té době zaslepeni rasismem a při jeho cestě za svobodou a důstojným životem tatínkovi pomohli. Jinak bych se totiž asi nikdy nenarodil. A proto i já #přijímám.

Původní text vyšel 23. června v Deníku referendum.

Porajmos, an excluded part of the Holocaust

For the demolition of the pig farm Roma activits demonstrated in Terezín during the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Photo: Konexe

For the demolition of the pig farm Roma activits demonstrated in Terezín during the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Photo: Konexe

One of the biggest horrors in human history ever is the Holocaust. A genocide of human diversity widely known as a genocide of Jews in the name of Nazi ideology before and during the WWII. A nightmare which afterwards gave a basis – as a reaction to never repeat it again – for the Universal Declaration for Human Rights and further developed the international human rights framework. But is it enough as a global reaction towards such a genocide? It could be if the implementation is universal as well and does not have to face endless hatred, phobias and discrimination across the world.

In the end of January 2015 it is 70 years after the liberation of the most brutal Nazi extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau where at least 1.1 million prisoners died. Nevertheless, do we know enough about Holocaust even after 70 years? What do we know about other ethnicities and social groups who were victims of this tragedy too? Furthermore, what do we know about Czech situation particularly? Has the Czech society reconciled with the past? Let me tell you a brief story about one death camp in South Bohemia where hundreds of Romani people were tortured and murdered, but still today are not recognized as victims of Holocaust by the general public.

Tábor lety in 1942 – 43. Source: www.holocaust.cz

Tábor lety in 1942 – 43. Source: http://www.holocaust.cz

Camp Lety (In Czech: Tábor Lety), administrated by the Czech Criminal Police, was situated close to the city of Písek, about one hour south from the capital. Until August 1942 its capacity was around 600 men, but later it grew to up to 1100 including women and children. The living conditions were terrible, many people died of diseases because of poor hygienical conditions (e.g. in 1943 they were struggling with Typhus epidemic), died of exhaustion or due to the cruelty of its guards.1 No child who was born in the camp survived. All guards were Czechs, no German or any other nationality has been served in this madness. On the contrary, the Czech guards showed as much pitilessness and brutality as their German colleagues in other Nazi concentration or death camps all around Europe. This case, besides other things, approves there are no borders in cruelty as well as that the human brutality is not based on any biological ground either. Czechs until today do not accept that they massively cooperated during the Holocaust, they consider themselves only as victims, not murders… thus this is a taboo to discuss related to Nazi terror in our territory.

Romani people called the Holocaust as Porajmos2. During WWII 90 % of Romani population in the Czech lands were exterminated (!). Camp Lety is among engaged historians, activists and Romani people understood as a symbol of Porajmos in Czech. Romani people who live in the Czech Republic nowadays mostly have their roots in Slovakia. They have come to Czech mainly during the communist’ assimilation politics which have broken their traditional life, family connections and brought them into Czech towns and cities without any proper preparation and human sensitiveness, basically as if they were things and not beings.

Large-capacity pig farm in Lety. Red line: The Lety Camp; Blue line: The current tiny memorial. Source: www.lety-memorial.cz

Large-capacity pig farm in Lety. Red line: The Lety Camp; Blue line: The current tiny memorial. Source: http://www.lety-memorial.cz

Besides the communist’ seed of anti-Gypsyism, which thus has been built on the ground of xenophobia, a non-understanding of the cultural diversity and specifically lack of tolerance towards relocated Slovakian Romani people, the Czech attitude to the Romani Porajmos is underlined in the own situation around Camp Lety. However of all the important places related to Holocaust which are well maintained with respect towards their victims, Camp Lety is not. Next to and also partly on the place, where the camp had been built originally, was built a large-capacity pig farm in 1973 which still stands today. The unworthy, undignified and smelly piggery which harasses year to year all of the visitors who wish to honor the memory of all the victims of the Camp and Porajmos in Czech at all. One terrible camp exchanged to another one. Such ignorance and irreverence!

Meanwhile, the Czech Republic is facing anti-Gypsyism on various levels, from ordinary disrespected mutual coexistence, where openly almost 8 out of 10 people3 do not want to live next to Romani people via the systematic segregation of Romani children in schools4 up to far-right marches and rallies which are full of hatred towards Romani people. These are not far from serious pogroms what we know from the beginning of the 20th century as well as several racial-based murders. Just imagine if Czechs had the same attitude against Jews.

“Liven Hitler, he rid us of filth (Roma)! Roma to gas!”, a DIY t-shirt from one anti-Roma march in the North Bohemia (2011). Source: www.romea.cz

“Liven Hitler, he rid us of filth (Roma)! Roma to gas!”, a DIY t-shirt from one anti-Roma march in the North Bohemia (2011). Source: http://www.romea.cz

Thus far, will the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau be an opportunity for the recognition of Porajmos in the Czech lands finally? Will it be an opportunity for the final demolition of the pig farm and for a construction of a dignified place of Romani reverence, for broad reconciliation with the Holocaust in the Czech Republic as well as for the universal inclusion of all ethnicities in its territory to full life? I hope so very much, but my skepticism persists.

This article was originaly published as a part of the Ecosprinter‚s memorial collection towards the International Holocaust Remembrance Day 70 years after Auschwitz we say never again (…)“, original article is here.

1According to historical sources around 1400 people has been integrated in the camp, 327 did not survived, around ¼ was released or escaped and ¼ was transported to gassed to death in Auschwitz-Birkenau.

2Also Porrajmos, Pharrajimos which means literally destruction or Samudaripen which means literally mass killing.

3According to public polls around 90 % of Czechs see mutual coexistence with Romani people as very problematic.

4See European Commission not satisfied with Czech response to discrimination of Romani children, http://www.romea.cz/en/news/czech/european-commission-not-satisfied-with-czech-response-to-discrimination-of-romani-children

Švihlá chůze zimním Kišiněvem

Zima, zdá se, je v Kišiněvě a v Moldavsku vůbec docela očistec. Ne snad proto, že by zde probíhal nějaký krutý severák, život komplikovaly tuhé mrazy nebo vánice a tuny sněhu. Vůbec ne. Zima je docela mírná, teploty kolem nuly, sem tam trochu chumelí nebo naopak prší. Při troše štěstí vysvitne i Slunce. Na první pohled tradiční vopruz mírného klimatického pásma. Ten hlavní problém ale spočívá jinde. Moldavkyně a Moldavci totiž totálně rezignujou na údržbu komunikací a to jak na silnicích, tak na chodnících. Jakoby snad v Moldavsku úřadovalo Ministerstvo švihlé chůze.

Bláto bláto blátíčko.

Bláto bláto blátíčko.

Že někdy budu psát o něčem takovym, jako o neudržovaném chodníku v zimě, to mě zkrátka nikakdá nenapadlo. Myslel jsem si, že takový téma si nechám až na penzi. Jenže to byste vážně nevěřili! Já to prostě nedokážu vůbec pochopit. Totiž v létě, respektive od jara do podzima, po ulicích pobíhají desítky úklidových jednotek, které zametají a zametají, denno denně od rána až do večera, všude. I u nás před barákem, kde mě ráno co ráno budila paní s šustícím koštětem až jsem měl někdy chuť jí připomenout, že zametala už včera, předevčírem a… Na ulici není ani lístečku či náznak hromádky prachu. Ulice jsou tedy velmi čisté, a kdyby i se stejnou vervou byly opravovány a bez bariér, Německo by mělo vážného konkurenta. Ale v zimě?! Jako kdybychom se posunuli o desítky let zpět a stovky kilometrů někam vážně mimo evropský kontinent.

Pořkáme, až zaprší a uschne. Foto: http://trm.md/

Počkáme, až naprší a uschne. Zdroj: http://trm.md/

Výsledkem celýho tohodle úletu je to, že ve chvíli, kdy je nasněžíno a naledíno, lidi se beznadějně klouzají po ulici jak klauni s tučňákama v cirkusu anebo naopak jsou všichni od bláta až po uši. Někdy obojí. Výsledkem jsou tak mnohdy neuvěřitelné pohybové kreace, jež nemají daleko k baletu, modernímu tanci či krasobruslení. Neuvěřitelná tragikomedie. Ulice jsou tak v podstatě přístupné jen zdravým lidem, kteří nezřídka kdy končí v nemocnici s naraženinami či v horším případě zlomeninami. Zkrátka a jednoduše v Moldavsku posypat chodník trochou písku nebo v extrémnějším případě solí nikdo nezná.

Když mrzne, bruslíme.

Když mrzne, bruslíme. Zdroj: http://trm.md

Už jsem se ptal různých lidí, kámošů, známých, kdo má tyhle věci na starost a jestli jim to jako nevadí, tahle zimní chodníková ignorace..?! Kdo za ten tristní stav nese zodpovědnost a proč s tím kurnik nikdo nic nedělá, když v létě bych si moh na chodníku skoro prostřít? Co dělaj přes zimu všechny ty zametačky a zametači?! Zpravidla mi reakcí byly pokrčená ramena a jakási studná opověď, že vadí, a že odpovědnost leží ASI na městu. OK, říkám. A to si nikdo nestěžuje, ty desítky polámaných lidí nevyžadují nápravu? To třeba majitelkám a majitelům obchodů nevadí, že se k nim lidi musí doslova doklouzat? Další pokrčená ramena…

Lopaty a posyp, to je velká neznámá.

Lopaty a posyp, to je velká neznámá. Foto: Katie Aune, http://katieaune.com

A tak až do konce března, než pořádně zaprší a smeje se SÁM všechen ten hnus, se lidé v Moldavsku, v závislosti na teplotě, klouzají po zledovatělých chodnících či brouzdají v blátě a sněhu, aby poté zase mohli čile šukat ulice jak o život.

Farewell to Facebook

Today it is right one month since Facebook has blocked my account because does not like my name – Jo Jo Jo – and now wants to see my state issued ID to confirm it. No jokes!

Besides the fact I would never send to any application or company my personal data via internet services*, they imho do not have any right to claim it for the sake to provide you access to your account which has been established almost 8 years ago and during that time no problems nobody had had – never claimed it before.

This is it, I cannot go further, ID or nothing.

 

I have (had) around 800 friends on FB, absolute majority of them I know personally, met them all around the world and I have been in touch with them very via FB. Basically, I have never approved anybody who I do not know. Thus my account simply could not be considered as a fake. Moreover, nick names are not unusual, but conversely pretty common on Facebook. Therefore to claim an ID not from all, but just from some of its users can be understood as a discrimination: Why should I need an ID and tens of my friends not?! Moreover, nobody informed me in advance that this situation can happen. FB has never told me „we will need your personal data to maintain your account“. If so, I would have never join… On the contrary I have used FB for years and used it even for pretty sensitive / personal communication, which I have lost suddenly, as well as other personal data like photos or particular contacts. FB did not give me any chance to save it before it blocked the account.

Otherwise, after a month without FB I must say „yeah! I have more free time!”, I do not check the „wall“ all the time and do not wasting time with reading never ending trolling and other nonsense. Actually in fact, FB does not have much to offer, it is just wasting of time though. Mainly because you cannot even filter the content, you can just consume whatever FB has chosen for you. In other words, it is a voluntary consumption of a spam.

Thus far, paradoxically, I would like to really thank to FB that it has blocked my account finally, opened my eyes and liberated me from itself as well as it showed how Big Brother may look like: What the hell does FB do with all of the IDs, passports and other documents with sensitive personal data? How does FB storage it? Who has got an access to it? Under what law they are responsible? These questions and more are coming to my mind because of lack of its transparency…

On the other hand, to be fair, I also should thank to FB for its services which I really appreciated – those which are linked to people‘ networking and organization and at least not last, to thank to FB for its innovation in the field of social media. But everything has got its own end. And the end has already come. The king is dead, long live the king! Good bye Facebook! Hello Twitter & Tumblr!

 

* exeptions are only bank transfers

KLIniKA: another city is possible!

If you have ever visited Prague, you may have spent time in the district of Žižkov. It is well known for being one of the foremost centers for alternative culture in the country. So you would think that a neighborhood with such an important role would be a place thriving with unrestricted art movements and an anything-goes cultural norm. Unfortunately, that is not the current situation in modern day Žižkov. This can be seen no better than in the current situation of the Autonomous Social Centre KLIniKA.

Skateboarding exhibition inside KLIniKA - everything is possible..

Skateboarding exhibition inside KLIniKA – everything is possible..

Klinika was established in the beginning of December when a group of activists occupied an old clinical center and decided to change it into something what we still miss in Praha. With a very nicely formulated project they wanted to build an independent social – cultural center based on autonomous principals. The autonomous centre could have the power to create from a devestated clinic a successful, publically beneficial project. Unfortunately, as usual, state authorities with fear and prejudices, dealt with it through no dialogue but with repression. After 10 days Klinika was evicted by the riot police. Moreover, the facts which now we learn lead to the conclusion, that the police have got much more influence than we first expected.

What happened with Klinika is nothing more than a clear testimony which states in what the real situation of the Czech institutions is. Which one is more powerful than the others and finally which one holds the executive power. Repressive forces have got more influence than they would have in a well deserved democratic society.

This fall, we commemorated 25 years after the fall of the former regime which fell among others due to violation of civil and political rights and bore clear signs of an authoritarian regime, which former dissidents often and in my opinion very aptly, described as a bureaucratic dictatorship. The system, which without scruples their own apparatchiks and omnipresent State Security (StB – the political police in “communist” Czechoslovakia) interfering with the inalienable rights and freedoms of its own citizens’. And it’s all thanks to the strong, institutionally police apparatus that bullied anyone to whom this malevolence is pointed. My parents who spent hours at the Police station at Bartolomějská street (the headquarters of the StB) under police interrogation can tell you- right Mom?

Next year, in the summer, it will commemorate 10 years the brutally suppression by the state power of CzechTek. The almost traditional summer Teknival, where the participants and the participants were beat up a blood riot just because they were “different”. All the applause of the political in the security elite of the state from the same country which is reported to have the values ​​of liberal democracy. Cultural diversity is not an obstacle to peace but a condition in a real liberal democracy. Anyone can tell you, yea dude?

Now to Autumn 2014, the second decade of the 21st century. In Prague’s Žižkov, something was created that many of us have been waiting for years. What many of us know from abroad or at least been ready for. Something that in many places around the world, for a long time has worked without debate, proved its broad contribution here that it can be entirely subsumed under the term of “public interest”. I still remember the moment when I visited in Norwegian Trondheim the renowned Svartlamon and saw for myself that another city is really possible. Now it’s hard to convince me otherwise.

The Autonomous Social Centre Klinika had ambition to be something more than only a squat. It could be the nucleus for our own small Žižkov’ “Svartlamon”. The project in just 10 days revived a building which was a dilapidated clinic on Jeseniova street and was turned into a thriving area filled with joy and hope. And mainly- purpose. It was not only the place itself, but also its immediate surroundings that felt gray boredom is not absolute, and that if it wants to, it can be a joint effort to make something unforgettable.

What eventually happened is an uncomfortable finding that the state again called the cops and had power over all the efforts of people of the initiative and outside the clinic to vacate. No dialogue, just again and again- riot police. Democracy whether non-democracy, police state, bureaucratic dictatorship, authoritarianism … All this in our system still rots and prevents people to peacefully develop differently than the official propaganda dictates.

The struggle continues! Follow the effort on the Internet and on Saturday in Prague at a local demonstration.

 

Written for Ecosprinter 12. 12. 2014 as an translation of my original text to bring the issue beyond the Czech border.