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  • Letter of czech mayors and nonviolent movement to Obama

    Posted by dlt on November 24, 2008


    22.11.2008
    Dear President-elect Obama:

    Please accept our congratulations on your victory in the United States presidential election.

    We address this appeal to you due to our concern for the preservation of the democratic process in the Czech Republic and for the security of the European community.

    As you know, the Bush government and the Czech government have agreed to place the military radar base of the US National Missile Defense (NMD) system on Czech territory. Two thirds of the Czech citizenry do not, in the long term, agree with the arrangement. Despite thier opposition, the Czech government has signed agreements with the United States that are due to be ratified shortly by the  Parliament. The current deputieswere elected before there was any public discussion about the project, however, and the involvement of the Czech Republic in the NMD system was not on any Czech parliamentary election platform.

    The plan to place elements of this system in the heart of Europe is causing tension between USA and Russia, as well as between USA and the European Union, and will lead to a new expansion of the arms race. We are concerned that due to this advanced system, Europe will become the main battlefield in a potential international conflict and that the Czech Republic would be, due to the radar, the target of a first attack. The matter is made even more sensitive by the fact that after the fall of communism in 1989, the Czech people vowed that a foreign army would never again be stationed on their territory.

    We kindly ask you to reassess the attitude of the US government towards the placement of NMD elements in Europe and to put a stop to this very dangerous and unstable project. We hope that the change so strongly symbolized by your victory will turn into reality, that the new American leadership can move us all in the direction of a world without wars and violence, and that the tendency towards the escalation of arms and military aggression will be replaced instead by investment into areas that contribute to real human development.

    We entreat you as the president of a country that has long symbolized democracy to respect the will of the Czech citizens, who are being deprived of their democratic rights by their own government.

    Yours faithfully,

    Jan Tamás, spokesperson of Non-violence Movement
    Dana Feminová, spokesperson of Europe for Peace
    League Mayors against radar:
    Jan Neoral, Trokavec mayor
    Josef Řihák, Příbram mayor
    Jitka Říhová, Láz mayor
    Josef Hála, Jince mayor
    Josef Vondrášek, Rožmitál pod Třemšínem mayor
    Václav Hudec, Štítov mayor
    Miroslav Leitermann, Nepomuk mayor
    Ladislav Turek, Bohutín mayor
    Josef Karas, Obecnice mayor
    Stanislav Sláma, Drahlín mayor
    Josef  Škvára, Sádek mayor
    Jan Kohout, Křešín mayor
    Jiří Prokeš, Hluboš mayor
    Radek Walter, Tochovice mayor
    Václav Koubík, Hůrky mayor
    Lubomír Fiala , Vísky mayor
    Libor Štorkán, Felbabka mayor
    Josef Hrubý, Zaječov mayor
    Jiří Chvojka, Chaloupky mayor
    Ladislav Stelšovský, Podluhy mayor
    Bohumír Vítek, Volenice mayor
    Karel Daniel, Vševidy mayor
    Karel Dražan, Bezděkov mayor
    Daniel Synek, Sedlice mayor
    Pavel Hutr, Věšín mayor
    Tomáš Čížek, Chrást mayor
    Karel Palivec, Předmíř mayor
    Stanislav Kramosil, Hvožďany mayor
    Zdeněk Vrbka, Bratkovice mayor
    Miloslav Suchý, Skořice mayor
    Josef Stehlík, Vranovice mayor

    In support
    Giulietto Chiesa – EMP
    Anna Curdova – deputy czech parliament

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