The people in Poland and the Czech Republic are increasingly agitated as
the Bush administration presses forward with plans to deploy "missile
defense" systems in their countries.
It took these citizens many years to get rid of the Soviet occupation and
now they see their right-wing governments cutting deals with Bush to allow
the U.S. to become the new military occupier in their country.
On November 17 there will be a
national demonstration in Prague, Czech Republic denouncing plans for
deployment of the U.S. radar base. Czech citizens are demanding the right to
a national referendum as 68% of the people there are opposed to the U.S.
radar facility that will make them a target as tensions increase between the
U.S. and Russia.
The Union of Security Forces of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech
Republic will join the national demonstration for Democracy that will take
place in Prague. The Union comprises hundreds of policemen, firemen, customs
officers, prison guards, judiciary security personnel and former workers of
Czech public security forces. This is evidence that the opposition to the
U.S. radar is spreading deep into Czech culture.
Solidarity protests are planned in many cities including Rome, Milan,
Madrid, Barcellona, Athens, Budapest, Paris, New York and Buenos Aires.
Others around the world are sending letters to Czech embassies in their
country. I faxed a letter on behalf of the Global Network last night to the
Czech embassy in Washington outlining our support for the November 17
protest in Prague.
Our best wishes to our friends in Poland and the Czech Republic. We stand
with you all the way.