Klinika

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Klinika
Klinika, hlavní vchod z Jeseniovy ulice.JPG
Entrance to Klinika in 2016
Klinika is located in Czech Republic
Klinika
General information
StatusEvicted squat
AddressJeseniova 60 , Prague
Coordinates50°05′16″N 14°27′59″E / 50.0877775°N 14.4663731°E / 50.0877775; 14.4663731Coordinates: 50°05′16″N 14°27′59″E / 50.0877775°N 14.4663731°E / 50.0877775; 14.4663731
Opening2014
Closed2019
Website
klinika.451.cz/english

Klinika was a squatted autonomous social centre in Žižkov, Prague, between 2014 and 2019. It followed in the tradition of anarchist projects such as Ladronka and Milada.[1]

Occupation[edit]

The building was first occupied in 2014 as part of a housing rights demonstration. It was quickly evicted. A campaign then began which resulted in the Finance Minister offering a one year rent-free contract, which began on March 2, 2015. When the contract was not prolonged, the centre simply reverted to being squatted again after a solidarity demonstration of 2000 people.[1] It then emerged that the owner, the Office for Government Representation in Property Affairs (Úřad pro zastupování státu ve věcech majetkových - ÚZSVM), was claiming the centre needed to be evicted because it was required for a different use but in fact no permits had been issued.[2]

Activities[edit]

Klinika has been used by many different groups. It had a concert space, library, bar and a large garden. Regular events included a community laundry, a creche, language lessons and solidarity events.[1][3]

Temporary closure[edit]

After demonstrations both for and against migration on February 6 2016, Klinika was attacked by a group of neo-Nazis. The next day there was a solidarity demonstration attended by 400 people.[4] A spokesperson for the project said “We sent 150 carloads of clothes and other things to Hungary, Croatia, Serbia – wherever we could help. We don’t have many refugees in the Czech Republic, so Klinika acts as a lightning rod for the anger in Czech society towards them.”[5] A court ruling then closed the centre but on appeal it was reopened again after a few weeks.[6]

Eviction[edit]

The centre was evicted in January 2019, despite the political support of Czech Young Greens and Democracy in Europe Movement 2025.[7][8] Unlike previous evictions, this time the building was then secured and not resquatted.[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Savov, Nikolay (2016-04-21). "The Klinika squat: revitalizing anti-capitalism in Prague". Roar Magazine. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  2. ^ Jandakova, Lenka (2016-03-11). "Czech activists file report of suspected crime after officials fail to produce permit used as pretext for denying them access to facility". Romea. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  3. ^ Jůn, Dominik (2016-10-11). "Uncertainty as Klinika "Cultural Centre" site sold to railway administration". Radio Praha in English. Prague. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  4. ^ demos, free (2016-02-07). "Autonomous social center Klinika attacked by Nazis". Libcom. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  5. ^ McLaughlin, Daniel (2016-03-09). "Czechs diverge as anti-Islam bloc taps fear of refugees". Irish Times. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  6. ^ Fraňková, Ruth (2016-07-07). "Prague's Klinika Social Centre Reopens on Thursday". Radio Praha in English. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  7. ^ "Solidarity with Klinika!". Federation of Young European Greens. 2019. Archived from the original on 2019-07-09. Retrieved 2019-03-21.
  8. ^ Stritesky, Lukas (2018). "How can we join the fight against gentrification?". Diem25. Archived from the original on 2019-07-09. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  9. ^ Televize, Česká (2019). "Část Kliniky už je vyklizená, exekutor bude pokračovat v pátek. Aktivisté stále odmítají dům opustit". Česká televize. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  10. ^ "Notes from the eviction of Klinika". Enough is Enough. 2019. Retrieved 2019-03-25.