Greenpeace activists evicted from Brdy military zone
At the end of April, activists from the Greenpeace environmental group set up a camp on a patch of land in the Brdy military to protest against the US radar facility to be built there and refused to leave the site in spite of repeated warnings by the military police. After waiting for more than six weeks for hunger and thirst to drive them away the police finally took action on Monday and evicted the campaigners by force. Ruth Fraňková spoke to Jiří Tutter, the head of the Czech branch of Greenpeace, and started by asking him to outline the reason of the protest:
If the campaigners were not forced to leave how long would they have stayed at the area?
Why do you think the activists were forced to leave in the end? They were allowed to stay for six weeks…
“I think they were unsure about how long we wanted to stay and it wouldn’t be a nice picture if Condoleeza Rice came to Prague one day (which is still not confirmed of course) and at the same time Greenpeace was occupying the spot where the radar is to be built.”
“Officially people were not allowed to enter but of course the forest is large and there are many paths which the military cannot control with the staff they have. So we always know how to get our people through.”
Five people were detained and brought to a police station… Will anyone be actually charged?
What are you planning to do now?
“Again, it’s too early to say. We have to discuss it. One thing for sure is that we are not giving up our opposition towards the whole project. Be it the way of other kind of demonstrations or be it again in Brdy, that’s still a question to be answered.”