this Before You Leave for Prague
To Contact the Prague Border
605 858 009, 00420-(0) 604 456 176,
00420-(0) 604 556 309
Legal Advice at the
-- You have the right
to a translator and to be communicated
with in a language that you understand
while at the border.
-- You should demand a
very detailed description of the reasons
for which you have been denied access to
-- Even if your vehicle
is classified by the police as being
illegal, it does not mean that they have
a right to stamp your passport and
prevent you from entering the country.
Rampenplan was held at the border because
their vehicle did not have a Netherlands
Sticker on the back bumper.
Here is the INPEG
All groups coming to
Prague should read the following
information and respond to the INPEG
border team as soon as possible.
Steps to follow:
-- Before you leave the
country make sure that one person knows
that you have left and your approximate
arrival time in the Czech republic. Tell
them that you will phone when you arrive
in Prague. If you haven't contacted them
by a certain time they should phone
0604-456-176 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Groups, particularly
big groups, should contact email@example.com with the following information:
mobile phone number, which route you will
be taking into the Czech republic, what
day you will be leaving and approximately
what time you will be crossing the
border, how many people you are, what is
your mode of transport. The reason for
giving us these details is that we can
support you as you cross the border. We
can inform media and the legal observers
and also keep people informed about which
borders have been problematic. The legal
observers have said they will try to have
a presence at the border and in order for
them to do this we need your information.
-- We will soon be
providing numbers for lawyers for you to
contact in case of an arrest situation.
-- Upon your arrival to
Prague, border forms will be available at
the Infocenter and Convergence Center.
These forms will be used to gather
information about peoples
experiences crossing the borders,
information which we will put out on the
list serves and website. Please fill them
in and utilize them. They will be crucial
for other people who have not yet crossed
-- Do not advertise the
fact that you are going to a
demonstration , dress sensibly and do not
carry obvious "protest items"
-- The strategy to
co-ordinate border crossings is a good
one (crossing as many people at the same
place in the shortest possible time), as
we can put more pressure on the Czech
An info point will be
manned at Dresden, 35 km from the Czech
border in South Eastern Germany. At the
info point, information will be available
on the current situation at the borders
and alternative border crossings. The
info point will also act as a fall back
point for people who are stuck at the
border, where people can meet and plan
other activities. There will also be the
possibility to sleep and eat food.
The infopoint will at
present be open on the 20th 21st
from 12.00pm to 8.00pm and from the 22nd
to the 28th all day and all night.
The infopoint will be
based in Dresden at the alternative
centre AZ Conni, Rudolf-
Leonard- Strasse 39, 01099 Dresden. From
the 20th-28th there will be a special
information phone line 0049 351
89960456. Or email Antifaaktiondresden@gmx.net for more information.
By Road: If you arrive
from the highway, use exit
Dresden-Hellerau, use the direction
Dresden/ Prag. After approximately 600
metres turn left at the BP Petrol Garage,
after another 1000 meters at the corner
there is a hotel. Turn right, after
another 50 meters on the right side is
the AZ Conni.
By Train: Leave at
Dresden Neustadt (not main train
station). Every train from Berlin and
Leipzig will stop there. Take
Schlesischer Platz exit and turn left.
Walk besides the railway track approx.
1000 meters. Then turn left second bridge
under the railway and walk through into
Rudolf Leonhard Strasse.
After approx. 500m AZ
Conni is on the left-hand side.
BORDER UPDATE -
SEPTEMBER 25, 2000
Ya Basta Has
in the group Ya Basta arrived at the
Czech-Austrian border yesterday
afternoon. All were granted admission
into the Czech Republic except seven
people who did not have the proper papers
and five people who were marked as
persons non-grata. The large
group decided not to leave them behind,
got off the train, and filled the
station. Soon word arrived that an
Italian ambassador was to drive down and
personally pick up four of the
demonstrators who were denied entry and
return with them to Prague. The Czech
border police however did not approve,
and the situation is currently being
negotiated. Late last night, the
demonstrators were encouraged to reboard
the train to ensure that they arrived in
time for the September 26 demonstrations.
They have arrived in Prague and are now
staying at Strahov Stadium.
BORDER UPDATE -
SEPTEMBER 22, 2000
Protestors Are Being Admitted to the
With a few protestors
not being allowed into the Czech
Republic, namely two
"blacklisted" members of the
Italian group Ya Basta, the good news is
that the vast majority of protestors have
arrived in Prague. One other protestor
was denied entry due to an expired
passport. Once again we stress the
importance of valid passports, health
insurance, and dressing sensibly.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2000
Stopped, then Admitted to the Czech
On Wednesday, September
13 the Dutch cooking collective
Rampenplan was stopped at the German/
Czech border as they were on their way to
the Action Camp currently taking place
outside of Prague.
The four persons (3
Dutch + 1 American) got their passports
stamped refusing their entry in to the
Czech Republic -- without any reason and
without explanation in a language they
understand (which is their right in CZ).
The only problems pointed out by the
police were a mechanical problem of their
van and the lack of a Netherlands
INPEG reacted very
rapidly by putting the press, the legal
team, and the OPH (the legal observers)
on the case, as well as the Dutch
embassy. The press arrived a short time
after and the news was covered in the
newspapers the next day.
There was no legitimate
reason to refuse entry to the cooking
collective. The head of Czech police
drove all the way to the border to say
things were OK.
In the evening of
Thursday, September 15, Rampenplan made
its second attempt to cross the border.
After having every single item checked in
their van (pots and pans, 6 computers,
olive oil), they were allowed into the
Czech Republic. They are now cooking up a
storm at the Action Camp.