When the workers arrived at the general strike in Polička, it was clear that we had won
Otakar Klepárník was born on May 28, 1957 to Ludmila and Otakar Klepárník. He grew up in a solitary place near the village Jamné in the Vysočina region. The communist dekulakized his maternal grandfather, they confiscated his farm, while the witness‘s father joined the communist party. Otakar was playing sports since he was fifteen and wanted to become a professional cyclist. This dream came true after the military service in the late 1970s. He found great satisfaction in sports, but also favouritism or doping. He stood in opposition to these bad habits and sought correction. For protesting against the cheating of another athlete, he received a six-month ban on competitions and a one-year ban on going abroad. He ended his professional career in 1987 and began his career as a technician and sales representative in Polička. He was then supervised by a member of the State Security, but the witness never signed the cooperation. In 1989, he became one of the organizers of the demonstrations and the general strike in Polička. He co-founded the Polička Civic Forum, in which he was involved until the elections the following year. In his free time, he started a business and founded the successful company Medesa. He created an ethical concept for the sustainable development of the company and the entire region. In 2020 he lived and worked in Polička.