: Poland to rename streets, buildings and bridges under new decommunisation law

18:42 Apr. 30, 2016

Poland to rename streets, buildings and bridges under new decommunisation law

A man holds up a Polish national flag as others hold burning flares to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 1, 2015. (AP Photo)

Parliament approves legislation to help Poland break away from Communist past

The Polish parliament has approved a law banning Communist propaganda and aiming to rename objects related to Communist symbols or leaders. The law will enter into force after it is signed by the President.

According to the law, no buildings, roads, streets, bridges or other public objects can bear the names or symbols of Communist origin. Local administrations must change the names of any such objects within a year. The renaming will be financed by the local budgets.

Public denial or justification of crimes of the Communist regime is illegal in Poland, and can lead to penalties.

Read also Decommunisation in Ukraine and its neighbour states (Infographics)

In February, the Ukrainian parliament passed a decommunisation law which saw more than 160 villages and towns renamed.

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