Fetish Prague? Bezďácká Prague? Pirate Prague! Where the children played, Uncle Sjetej and Aunt Gingerbread snore during the day
17.07.2021 4:43 | Reportage
REPORT In the course of two months, ParlamentníListy.cz mapped (not only) night Prague. As the metropolitan center is depopulated or without tourists, a group of people has moved a little further. Especially for the extension of Prague 4 and Prague 10. Our editorial office spent a number of nights in these parts to find out how the locals live here…
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Meeting drug addicts and homeless people during the day used to be the currency of several specific localities in Prague. It was mainly the area between Wenceslas Square and the areas around IP Pavlov. Prim also plays Smíchov at one time, especially the parks around the local shopping center. Begging young men with dogs around Charles Bridge cannot be missed either.
Municipal politicians as well as police officers usually approached reporting. The beggars described were seldom aggressive, seldom personally harassing the flowing crowds. They just knelt, their arms outstretched and waiting for change.
This changed after coronavirus.
You may come across a similar case in the center from time to time, but this is not a lump sum.
The feelings of a handful of tourists are hardened mainly by drug chasers around Wenceslas Square and adjacent streets. The procedure is always the same. The dark man, whose bulging eyes glow into the night, approaches, starts offering drugs. Whoever shows interest goes with him, another guard is waiting. The dealer reaches under a gutter, car, or other place to hide drugs. He sells the batch and returns to his stepladder. The police usually don’t use anything.
Our editorial office had the opportunity to talk to several forensic scientists. They rarely agreed that the approach of the director of the National Drug Control Center, Frydrych, is especially lazy in this respect. “That’s the general for nodding his head,” said one of the senior officers.
In any case, drugs are not entirely in our material.
These are drug addicts and homeless people, whose streets in Prague’s Vršovice are full of.
The feeling is very strange.
Images were acquired by PL editor between May and July 2021
You walk along Vršovická Street, the main street, turn to the tram stops on Čech Square, where you can see similar individuals. They sleep, curl up or jump. Dog walkers go around them, young people laugh at them, others work that they can’t see. We have been to the places described many times, the situation was always the same. Only the number of occupied benches stopped us. As we have said, the beggars in the center do not bother, in the case of drunkards, drug addicts and the homeless, we cannot say the same.
In addition, another phenomenon appeared in Vršovice: numerous groups of Ukrainians. You will recognize them easily. Hundreds of cigarettes remain on the sidewalks and roads. “They are standing, bullshit, drinking, I’ve been to the town hall with that, but they didn’t help,” said a 50-year-old living at a famous hangout near the local Bohemians’ stadium. Further testimony followed. She was always the same. The number of homeless people has increased, the number of drug addicts as well, the number of Ukrainians as well.
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“And yet, for example, PSN is building flats here, which it sells for ten or more millions, I would be interested when the buyers see the number of feces and elements, how someone buys these flats,” confided PL postman. She had an overview. She quickly entrusted us with the composition of the inhabitants in the houses. “Here the gypsies sing regularly and roar in the courtyards in the morning, there the Ukrainians, themselves drunk and still smoke and peek at the girls, here the people they sold it to after half a year because they were afraid, the young lady told me, they had a baby, and did not want to live here with him, “in the subsequent direction to the extension of Minská and Moskevská streets.
There might not be anything so terrible about the whole situation if it were a night description. In short, as a local, you can say that you will not go anywhere at night, and you are spared similar scenes. But that would be a big mistake. Because we went out in some places during the day, we have to admit with our hands on our hearts that the terrifying sight of bouncing addicts and sleeping homeless people took place at this time as well. “Prague junkie, pirate Prague, huh?” The hardware store employee said on the first day of the holiday. She smoked in front of the store, which we took advantage of. “At night it’s crazy, really crazy, just a drunk, you won’t meet the cops and they’ve opened the crazy Takeoff …”
Prague 10 is changing with this lens. Significantly for the worse. Residents consider Čechovo náměstí with the dominant church of St. Wenceslas, the adjacent Minská with the Milá Tchýně bar, Moskevská street, Vršovická street between the Koh-i-noor and Vršovické náměstí stops and Holandská street, where the Vzlet cultural house was newly opened, and the locals so with the calm that had prevailed here before, they had to say goodbye.
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author: Tomas A. Novy