Barricades around planned radar site come down, “no longer necessary”

Razor wire barricades fencing off the site of the planned American missile defence radar base in Brdy, south-west of Prague, have been definitively removed, the Czech Army has announced. The barricades were erected last year after members of Greenpeace occupied the hill to protest the construction of the base. The decision to remove them was made by new defence minister, Martin Barták, who stated the obstruction was no longer necessary. The controversial plan to build a radar base in the Czech Republic as part of a proposed US missile defence system has been put on indefinite hold by the new US administration.