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Updated on May 20, 2020
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Beata works as a qualified primary school teacher, a councillor for drug and alcohol addiction and a farm caretaker for organic olive grow.

From Melbourne to Prague and Back

 Melbourne's shiny streets are full of carefree people looking for bargains. It is Australia's most popular cultural destination.
Melbourne's shiny streets are full of carefree people looking for bargains. It is Australia's most popular cultural destination.
Twenty years ago, demonstrators in Prague staged the Velvet Revolution - a series of peaceful protests that helped bring down the communist regime. Since emerging from the sombre shadows of a one-party rule, the City of a Thousand Spires was reborn.
Twenty years ago, demonstrators in Prague staged the Velvet Revolution - a series of peaceful protests that helped bring down the communist regime. Since emerging from the sombre shadows of a one-party rule, the City of a Thousand Spires was reborn.
In Melbourne on any weekday, people are locked in their office to earn money for a shopping spree. Or maybe a night out at the theatre, cinema, restaurant, bar or cafe.
In Melbourne on any weekday, people are locked in their office to earn money for a shopping spree. Or maybe a night out at the theatre, cinema, restaurant, bar or cafe.
Prague's ancient cultural statues survived under a uniform grey Communist rule. The Vltava River flows under the Charles Bridge.
Prague's ancient cultural statues survived under a uniform grey Communist rule. The Vltava River flows under the Charles Bridge.
A typical evening in Melbourne - people are getting ready for a busy night in the liveliest city in Australia. The main square has the SBS TV station in the distance
A typical evening in Melbourne - people are getting ready for a busy night in the liveliest city in Australia. The main square has the SBS TV station in the distance
Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque buildings flank Prague's Old Town Square. After the fall of Communism, the grey old buildings received some new colour.
Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque buildings flank Prague's Old Town Square. After the fall of Communism, the grey old buildings received some new colour.
A traditional Australian wedding is held in one of many city parks. There is a variety of religious and cultural weddings most weekends in this multicultural, free spirited metropolitan city.
A traditional Australian wedding is held in one of many city parks. There is a variety of religious and cultural weddings most weekends in this multicultural, free spirited metropolitan city.
Some of the Communist grey buildings still stand in the middle of Prague, reminding the Czech people about the past.
Some of the Communist grey buildings still stand in the middle of Prague, reminding the Czech people about the past.
The James Cook cottage (copied from the one in England) is the oldest building in the history of white Australia. It's also a big reminder for the First people, of the violent past.
The James Cook cottage (copied from the one in England) is the oldest building in the history of white Australia. It's also a big reminder for the First people, of the violent past.
Despite  of foreign invaders, Prague's Old Town Square has remained virtually untouched since the 10th century. Standing there, you can almost feel the walls of the Rococo Kinsky Palace, the Gothic Cathedral and the Baroque St. Nicholas Church fall.
Despite of foreign invaders, Prague's Old Town Square has remained virtually untouched since the 10th century. Standing there, you can almost feel the walls of the Rococo Kinsky Palace, the Gothic Cathedral and the Baroque St. Nicholas Church fall.
In Melbourne's shiny and greedy corporate world, money rules.
In Melbourne's shiny and greedy corporate world, money rules.
When the sun sets, avoid the east of Zizkov - a former industrial suburb and the epicentre of Prague's rough-and-tumble nightlife.
When the sun sets, avoid the east of Zizkov - a former industrial suburb and the epicentre of Prague's rough-and-tumble nightlife.
The ANZAC Day celebration takes place in the middle of Melbourne. Memories of heroic Australian soldiers in World Wars are part of the nation's cultural identity.
The ANZAC Day celebration takes place in the middle of Melbourne. Memories of heroic Australian soldiers in World Wars are part of the nation's cultural identity.
Roughly the size of seven football fields, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world. Built and renovated over 13 centuries, the complex includes churches, gardens, alleyways and royal residences that would take days to appreciate.
Roughly the size of seven football fields, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world. Built and renovated over 13 centuries, the complex includes churches, gardens, alleyways and royal residences that would take days to appreciate.
Standing on Melbourne's wild ocean foreshore, you could forget that you live in the capital city of Victoria. Where else on the world could you feel the spacious loneliness while feeling the business of the metropolis behind.
Standing on Melbourne's wild ocean foreshore, you could forget that you live in the capital city of Victoria. Where else on the world could you feel the spacious loneliness while feeling the business of the metropolis behind.
Under communist rule, authorities arrested more than 250,000 Czechs and shot 327 others dead, as they tried to flee across the border. They were harshly prosecuted for their religious beliefs.
Under communist rule, authorities arrested more than 250,000 Czechs and shot 327 others dead, as they tried to flee across the border. They were harshly prosecuted for their religious beliefs.
Melbourne's Flinders Street Train Station is busy, but Australian people like to rely on their own cars for transport or on taxis at night. Public transport is not something Australians are proud of, or rely on much.
Melbourne's Flinders Street Train Station is busy, but Australian people like to rely on their own cars for transport or on taxis at night. Public transport is not something Australians are proud of, or rely on much.
Prague's public transport system is excellent. You can use a cheap travel card covering all bus, metro and tram services. However, pickpockets operate throughout the day - particularly in crowded areas like public transport.
Prague's public transport system is excellent. You can use a cheap travel card covering all bus, metro and tram services. However, pickpockets operate throughout the day - particularly in crowded areas like public transport.
Melbournians like to wander around the many tropical parks, enjoying their lunch hour during the busy working days.
Melbournians like to wander around the many tropical parks, enjoying their lunch hour during the busy working days.
An ever-changing cast of musicians, protesters, dance troupes, punks and vendors make the square as colorful as the buildings that surround it. In addition, somewhere close by, is the hidden entry to the quirky nightclub housed underground.
An ever-changing cast of musicians, protesters, dance troupes, punks and vendors make the square as colorful as the buildings that surround it. In addition, somewhere close by, is the hidden entry to the quirky nightclub housed underground.
People relax by the Yarra River which flows through the middle of Melbourne.
People relax by the Yarra River which flows through the middle of Melbourne.
Enjoying the peaceful surroundings - free and happy to live in a country where it is not an offence to sit on a lawn in a central city park.
Enjoying the peaceful surroundings - free and happy to live in a country where it is not an offence to sit on a lawn in a central city park.
Happy to be living in a country where you can smell flowers in the middle of the city in a casual dress and have no one think any less of you because of that. You are allowed to be who you are.
Happy to be living in a country where you can smell flowers in the middle of the city in a casual dress and have no one think any less of you because of that. You are allowed to be who you are.

Who is Rebiya Kadeer?

Who is Rebiya Kadeer?

I asked myself while watching

'The 10 Conditions of Love'

that my Czech friend had invited me to see.

"You have to see this controversial documentary about her life."


So I attended the Melbourne premiere one Sunday night.

With popcorn and a coke in hand,

I expected some excitement at least.

Black and white images of ancient Sunni Uighurs

in their embroidered caps singing in Turkish

about their oil-rich empire appeared onscreen.


They twirled about in their long dresses in front of my eyes.

Then colourful images came in the fifties

when the People's Republic of China reclaimed the rich land,

taking their golden caps and leaving the robbed Uighurs in a swirl of dust.

"Look! Rebyia is coming,"

my Czech friend laughed excitedly.


"We call her the fearless Grand mum 'in my homeland, in Prague."

A tiny woman with smooth silver hair under her embroidered cap appeared on the screen, shouting at a Chinese official that her homeland is called the 'East Turkestan'.


I forgot all about my popcorn, seeing her rising from the dust

to become the richest person in China, then return back to the dust.

Leaving the Chinese Parliament to join her countrymen in a rotten jail,

and then being exiled to Washington as an outcast.

And finally, being nominated for a Nobel Prize.


We left the cinema feeling confused,

passing through the joyful Melbourne streets

full of carefree people. We felt a bit of guilt.

"They hacked into and shut down the Film Festival's website,

because of her. The Chinese did." My Czech friend exclaimed."


I think you have forgotten all about growing up

in Communist Czechoslovakia," I smiled at him.

All those accusations and lies."

"And then came the Velvet revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall."

nodded my Czech friend. "Which divided us even more."

"Before, we were countrymen, brothers in arms..." I laughed.

"Now, we are foreigners.

I stayed home, listening to the old folks praising the Communist past,

while the young people chased the Western ideals

of hard cash and greed which will not last.”


My Czech friend smiled at me: “And you, my poor Slovak cousin,

left for an easy life, here in Australia. Are you satisfied?"

I looked at the Melbourne sky:

"Let's talk about Rebiya's 10 Conditions of Love.


The first one is independence,

because everyone has the right to decide and find their own path."

"Then the second one is connecting with others,"

my friend added: "Rebiya travelled far and wide

to find her soulmate for life and fought."


"The third one is continuity," I quickly said.

"Do you remember that she had six children to pass her knowledge on to?

Although two of them are rotting in jail."

"Then the fourth one is strength of mind," my friend nodded.

"How, otherwise, would a mother manage to sacrifice

her own children for her countrymen."


"The fifth one is strength of body," I managed to say:

"There were at least two attempts on her life."

"The sixth one must be culture," my friend said,

thinking about his 'thousand spirals in Prague'.

" She is fighting for 1,500 years of Uighur knowledge,

trampled on and destroyed by thugs."


"The seventh one is homeland, then" I exclaim:"

Everyone needs to belong and feel home somewhere.

20 million Uighurs lost their rights."

"The eighth one is non-violent fighting,"

my friend laughed: "The Chinese fear her.

She does not need a gun."


"The ninth one is her fearlessness," I said, trying to sound wise:

"Who would like to have been an international symbol,

paying such a terrible price?"

"The last one must be her patriotism." my friend ended cleverly:

"One has to admire her relentless campaign at least.

When most of us would choose to disappear in Washington and forget about the past."

"Are you looking at me?" I laughed, pushing my Czech friend aside.


"Come on, my lost countryman," he took my arm:

"At least you understand why I cannot nominate you for a Nobel Prize.

"We skipped along the noisy street, full of neon’s and cheerful smiles.

We felt less guilty and happier to be just ordinary people - grateful to be FREE AND ALIVE.

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    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      6 years ago from Western Australia

      AFAICT???

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      Dina 

      6 years ago

      AFAICT you've corveed all the bases with this answer!

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      7 years ago from Western Australia

      thank you my fellow hubber she is very strong woman and very valuable person to admire and take example from indeed:)

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      PADMENDRA S R 

      7 years ago from DELHI/NCR

      A very interesting Hub. I am curious to know more about Rebiya Kadeer. She appears to have been a great personality on the universe. Thanks for sharing.

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      9 years ago from Western Australia

      Thanks for stopping by, 'timetraveler2' on your travels on my hub I have written a long time ago, but it is still actual and yes, you are right, we have a responsibility to raise our voice for justice and freedom for all:)

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      Sondra Rochelle 

      9 years ago from USA

      I think it's really important for those of us fortunate enough to live in "free" countries to appreciate what we have. This is a huge reminder for all of us. Thank you

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      11 years ago from Western Australia

      Oh, she is, I regularly visit documentaries about famous oppressed people from all around the world in our Arty Cinema. My daughter works voluntarilly in the Humanitarian Organization organizing this free movies to get more support for these incredible individuals...tomorow I go to see the Iranian movie about the actress fighting against the regime there....so many people fighting for so many worthy causes...if I can help at least by writing about them and this way acknowledging their struggle...

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      It's just me 

      11 years ago from Alaska

      Thank you. Your hub has amde me think that I would like to know more about Rebiya Kadeer. She seems to be a very interesting person.

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      11 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you Immartin, thank first to you my old soulmate for all your appraisal. I am so honoured, I think that is the reason I need to write in the first place...

      My new soulmate Ralwus I am so delighted that my pictures 'talk to you'. I think I need to use both, pictures and poems together. Firstly I always scribble the images in my head down which pop up after some new experience I encounter in my daily life and then I am looking for pictures I have taken for last ten years. Unfortunatelly I lost a lot of picture because my old computer broke down /my weakness -not very techno savvy/ and I did not save them anywhere else but I try to make more new pictures...

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      ralwus 

      11 years ago

      Ah you could make a hub with just your story pictures. Wonderful photos. Wonderful tour too. Yes, it is great to be free and alive. An ignorant person is one who doesn't know what you have learned. I am no longer ignorant of a few things. thanks CC

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      lmmartin 

      11 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Thank you -- a delightful read. I appreciate having this brought to my attention, as all this was unknown to me. The world is in such a state, stories like this so numerous, many get lost in the busy prolifery of tales of woe, misery and unfairness. Then, I suppose that's what writers like you are for -- to bring it into the forefront. Good job.

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