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Czech anarchist movement doyen Polak dies

27 September 2012

Prague, Sept 26 (CTK) - Famous Czech anarchist Jakub Polak, an advocate of Roma rights, died of cancer on Tuesday aged 60 years, political analyst Ondrej Slacalek told CTK Wednesday.

In the months before his death, Polak was involved in the case of the relocation of inhabitants, mainly Roma, from a house in Prednadrazi in Ostrava-Privoz, north Moravia.

Squatter and human rights activist Jakub Polak, born on September 1, 1952, was called a doyen of the Czech anarchist movement.

Under the communist regime, he was active in the underground and dissident movements.

Later, he founded or initiated various anarchist organisations in the Czech Republic.

He worked as the editor-in-chief of the A-kontra semimonthly (now quarterly) published by the Czechoslovak Anarchist Association. He cooperated with the magazine until his death.

Polak was also monitoring violent activities of neo-Nazi groups and helped with legal representation of their victims.

He was involved in court disputes concerning racially motivated crimes, for instance, the case of Tibor Danihel who drowned as a consequence of an attack by a group of skinheads in Pisek, south Bohemia, in September 1993.

In 2000, Polak received the Frantisek Kriegel Award from the Charter 77 Foundation for his consistent and courageous fight against prejudices and indifference of the police and judiciary to the cases of racially motivated murders in the Czech Republic.

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