Illegal techno music festival in Northern Bohemia enters 6th day
A huge illegal techno music festival known as Czechtek has now entered its 6th day near the village of Andelka in North Bohemia. Organisers kept the venue of this year's Czechtek festival secret until the very last moment, and thousands of young people from the Czech Republic and abroad started arriving at the site last Friday.
"Naturally I was very scared for my village, because I didn't know what to expect. But at this point I'd like to appeal to all journalists to report the truth about what's going on because when you are left in the dark, it creates fears. When you speak to some of the participants, things get clearer, and it helps a lot."
"That's the thing that worried me the most, because I imagined a meadow completely covered with used syringes and children playing with them. But I have found that if there are junkies here injecting pervitine or heroin, they are a small minority. The dancers themselves have told me they were mostly on party drugs such as ecstasy. And only a few are what they call clean, meaning they only smoke grass."
Some of the participants may look intimidating, said Mrs. Matuskova, but they aren't really so tough - some of them told her they dreamed about getting home to their mother's cooking.
While the numbers attending Czechtek have fallen considerably from the peak of 12,000 a few days ago, the festival is expected to continue until Sunday.