Uherské Hradiště A red star and the Cyrillic inscription in Cyrillic appeared on a private building on náměstí Míru in Uherské Hradiště. Someone installed the lighting equipment in the city monument in recent days without the knowledge of City Hall. Mayor Stanislav Blaha (ODS) filed a criminal complaint against an unknown perpetrator.
He stated this in a statement he sent to the media on Wednesday. The property is owned by Simexco. Its executive, Vilém Kubiš, said on Wednesday that the installation was to draw attention to the decay of the former prison in the neighborhood.
According to the mayor, the crime of establishing, supporting and promoting a movement aimed at suppressing human rights and freedoms could have been committed. “I am not aware of any circumstances or reasons for this initiative, yet I consider it inadmissible for any totalitarian symbolism to be placed on a building in the Uherské Hradiště Municipal Monument Zone and in the immediate vicinity of the former Uherské Hradiště prison complex,” Blaha wrote.
According to him, the placement of such an inscription requires the measures of the building authority pursuant to the Act on Spatial Planning and the Building Regulations. “The placement and implementation of the sign also requires the opinion of the monument care authority, because the house in question is located in the Municipal Monument Zone of Uherské Hradiště,” said the mayor and added on his Facebook profile: “NO. We are not in the Soviet Union here. ”
The house on which this inscription appeared yesterday is in the Municipal Monument Zone. In addition, near the infamous prison. The red five-pointed stars have nothing to do here. The author broke the law and I filed a criminal complaint. The Building Authority is also preparing for the steps.
It is clear from the Commercial Register that Simexco is based in the building. According to Kubiš, it has long been known as the Kremlin among the locals. “One of the intentions was to point out that nothing is being done with the prison next to where the political prisoners were being held. It is a torso with which no one has been doing anything for 30 years, “said Kubiš.
However, according to Radek Ležatka, a spokesman for the Office for Representation of the State in Property Matters (ÚZSVM), this is false information. “Currently, for example, we are completing one of the necessary steps before the start of the reconstruction, namely the detailed focus of the construction. Already in the spring, we removed 133 tons of waste from the prison. The aim is the reconstruction, construction of the Museum of Totalitarianism and the location of the district court, the district public prosecutor’s office and the probation and mediation service in Uherské Hradiště, “Ležatka said.
He is not worried about the criminal report. “As a company, we have not broken anything. There are many places throughout the republic where red stars have been preserved. It is not a prohibited symbol. I see this as a precedent. Either everyone or no one. I understand that elections are approaching, but we do not have to be pushed into a corner by pressure actions from some people and institutions. We are free people, we live in a free country and I don’t think we did anything wrong, “said Kubiš. He stressed that the symbol and the inscription are located on private property.
According to Blaha, the building authority will invite the owner of the building to provide an explanation of who created the sign and for what purpose. He may then take further legal action. In addition, according to the mayor, the placement of the sign violates the recommendations of the rules for placing advertisements in the city’s monument zone and in its protection zone.
The former Uherské Hradiště prison has been abandoned since 1960, and disappeared during state administration reform. During World War II, the Gestapo used the prison as a gathering place for political prisoners before being transported to concentration camps. After the war, people’s courts were held here and public executions were held in the courtyard of the prison, and during the communist era, people uncomfortable with the regime were imprisoned here. The area has since fallen into disrepair. The state wants to fix it in the coming years. The Museum of Totalitarian Regimes is to be established in it, and the district court or the public prosecutor’s office should also move to the prison.