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Prague, May 13 (CTK) - Jan Tamas, an activist of the Czech civic group No to Bases, Tuesday went on hunger strike in protest against the U.S. plan to install a missile defence radar base in west Bohemia, Tamas has told CTK.
He said he would remain on hunger strike indefinitely at a publicly accessible place in Belehradska street in Prague, along with another opponent of the radar, Jan Bednar.

"We want a real discussion to be led about the radar," Tamas told CTK.

He added that the aim of his hunger strike is to force the government to cease the talks with the United States about the possible stationing of a radar base in the Czech Republic.

His protest will be documented on the website

Tamas pointed out that no real discussion about the radar had taken place in the past two years.

"We only witnessed a government campaign with the aim to persuade citizens or some media slandering campaigns to suppress any resistance against the base," Tamas said.

Over 76,000 people have signed the petition against the U.S. radar on the Internet, he added.

Most public opinion polls show that a majority of Czechs are against the radar, as is the left-wing opposition and even certain deputies for the centre-right governing coalition.

According to the latest STEM poll, released to CTK on Monday, 67 percent of Czechs would accept the planned U.S. radar base on Czech soil if it became integrated into the NATO defence system, while 52 percent of Czechs oppose the joint European-U.S. project of missile defence.

"I can't keep silent in face of the situation where a majority of people do not wish foreign soldiers to stay [on Czech soil], but the government still continues promoting the plan against our will," Tamas told Tuesday's issue of the daily Pravo.

The Czech centre-right government has been negotiating with the United States about the installation of the radar in the Brdy military district, some 90 km southwest of Prague, since last year.

The radar and a base for ten interceptor missiles to be built in Poland are parts of the planned U.S. missile defence shield in Central Europe.

The main Czech-U.S. treaty on the radar has been completed, while the talks on the the other, SOFA treaty on the conditions of American soldiers' stay at the planned base still continue.

Last week Czech Deputy Prime Minister Alexandr Vondra said he expects the two treaties to be signed in June or mid-July at the latest. To take effect, they must be approved by Czech parliament.

The government has only 100 deputies in the 200-seat lower house.