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In Prague, will demonstrate

November 17 2008

Opponents of the deployment of American bases in the Czech Missile Defense (NMD) will come on Monday at a protest in downtown Prague, Czech Radio reported. U.S. plans to deploy a radar in the Czech Republic and ten interceptor missiles in Poland under the pretext of protection of the alleged missile threat from Iran.

Russia fears that these systems will threaten its security. "The Day the fight for freedom and democracy in the Czech Republic is well suited to allow citizens to express their opposition to the construction of the radar," - told reporters a representative of civil society initiatives, "No database! Jan Mayichek. Organizers are reminded that, according to opinion polls, two-thirds of the Czech population negatively related to the construction of a U.S. missile defense radar on a military training ground Brdy. Activists of the initiative "No bases!" intend to again demand that the government of Mirek Topolanek on the issue a national referendum.

In support of this idea, the opponents of the radar has already collected more than half a million signatures. The Chamber of Deputies (lower house) of the Czech parliament on October 29 launched a debate on the main contract with the ABM treaty and on the conditions of stay of U.S. military (SOFA), which will be based on the U.S. missile defense system at a military training ground Brdy. Parliamentary opposition failed to exclude these issues from the agenda. Experts believe that, if successful, the government Topolanek, the possible ratification of a Czech-US missile defense treaty could be held in 2009. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg signed on 8 July in Prague, the main contract to deploy on Czech territory of the U.S. radar defense system. September 19 in London, Czech Defense Minister Vlasta Parkanová and Pentagon chief Robert Gates has signed a second document on missile defense - the agreement SOFA.

In Czech landfill Brdy will be a huge ball - radar height of 30 meters. The territory under the U.S. missile defense facility is fenced and is protected by the Czech military. The radar should be ready for operation by 2014. The Americans argue that the ABM radar will not harm the health of the inhabitants of nearby settlements. However, the signing of two Czech-US treaty does not give an absolute guarantee that the U.S. radar will appear on Czech territory. Documents must be ratified by both houses of parliament, and then signed by President Vaclav Klaus.

Plans to deploy missile defense base in Czech Republic United States have long shared the Czech politicians into two camps. For ratification to the Chamber of Deputies in favor the ruling Civic Democratic Party, which has no majority in parliament. Some deputies from the Green Party, members of the ruling coalition does not agree with the placement of the radar. Leading the opposition Czech Social Democratic Party will vote against the deployment of U.S. missile defense radar on its territory. Czech Communists call a referendum on the issue and also intend to vote against it, according to RIA News .

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