Until today I see a cop grabbing her by the hair and slamming her to the ground
Zdeněk Kousal was born on December 24, 1960 in Jihlava. He apprenticed as a toolmaker and worked in various blue-collar professions. After a crackdown by the communists against The Plastic People of the Universe, he became interested in the underground, attended concerts and various meetings in the area of independent culture. He himself has repeatedly experienced severe interventions by the National Security Corps against these actions. He became a practicing Protestant and became acquainted with dissident people in the Church. He has taken part in various initiatives to promote unjustly prosecuted people and freedom in society. He also became a member of the Civil Freedom Movement, collecting signatures under the Petition ´Enough!´ written down by Ivan Jirous. Because of these activities, he was questioned by the State Security several times. After November 17, 1989, he actively participated in the Civic Forum in Jihlava and informed the people in the Civic Forum office on current events and their demands on the communist government. After the fall of totalitarian power, he was further engaged in the Civic Forum. He graduated from a secondary school of economics, pursued his business in accounting and in 1999 became a fundraiser at the Regional Charity of Jihlava, where he still works nowadays.