Squat Milada

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Milada after eviction in 2009

Squat Milada was one of the Czech Republic's best known squats, located in the Libeň district of Prague.[1] Milada was intended to be demolished in the 1980s and thus deleted from the Land Registry, becoming a house which officially did not exist. The squat was occupied in 1997, evicted in 2009, then reoccupied for a day in 2012.[2] Whilst it acted as a social centre and infoshop hosting concerts and events, Milada was also home to a number of people.[3]

Occupation[edit]

Left derelict in 1988, Milada was occupied in 1997, along with the neighbouring villa, Miluška.[4] The villa was used as an infoshop, a bicycle repair workshop, a cafe, a meeting space and a venue for punk gigs and experimental music. In October 1988, the police attempted to evict the building but were repelled, with squatters remaining on the roof for several days.

Eviction[edit]

The eviction in 2009 became a large media story.[5] The house was then briefly reoccupied a week later amid fears that it would be demolished.[6]

After eviction[edit]

A party in Milada to commemorate three years since the eviction was broken up by the police on June 30, 2012. A helicopter and 100 police arrested 25 people for various offences.[7]

In 2015, there was a debate in the media as the Supreme Administrative Court considered an appeal regarding the legality of the eviction of Milada.[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Soudy musí znovu řešit přiměřenost policejního zásahu ve squatu Milada". Idnes. 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-06.
  2. ^ "Poslední pražský squat, vila Milada, má namále. Vyklízí ji bezpečnostní agentura". Hospodářské Noviny. Ihned. 2009. Retrieved 2015-11-06.
  3. ^ "Aktualizováno: Psi, kteří plenili v pražské zoo, utekli při venčení". 2008. Retrieved 2015-11-06.
  4. ^ "Poslední pražský squat, vila Milada, má namále. Vyklízí ji bezpečnostní agentura". Hospodářské Noviny. Ihned. 2009. Retrieved 2015-11-06.
  5. ^ Cameron, Rob (2009). "Eviction of Milada squat becomes political cause célèbre". RadioPrague. Retrieved 2015-11-06.
  6. ^ "Prague: No to demolition of Milada". squat!net. 2009. Retrieved 2015-11-06.
  7. ^ Falvey, Christian (2012). "Police crackdown on squatters in the Milada mansion". RadioPrague. Retrieved 2015-11-06.
  8. ^ "Soudy musí znovu řešit přiměřenost policejního zásahu ve squatu Milada". Idnes. 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-06.

Coordinates: 50°06′59.6″N 14°26′35.2″E / 50.116556°N 14.443111°E / 50.116556; 14.443111