: Poland set to remove street names linked to communism - Radio Poland

19:03 May. 20, 2016

Poland set to remove street names linked to communism - Radio Poland

A panorama of Warsaw with a bridge over the Vistula River and the National Stadium as seen from the view terrace of the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, Poland. (AP photo)

Decommunization is not to consider the monuments and other commemorative plaques

Poland is on a steady path to getting rid of the communist leftovers. On Friday, May 20th, President Andrzej Duda signed a bill clearing the way for a removal of symbols commemorating the communist era in Poland, Radio Poland reports.

Once the new legislation comes into force next year, some 1,300 street names associated with the country's red past will be removed. The authors of the legislation assure the citizens will able to keep their IDs and passports brandishing the unwanted street names until the documents expire.

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The new legislation, brought forward by Law and Justice senators, was nearly unanimously adopted by the Polish parliament in April. The law does not include monuments, obelisks or commemorative plaques.

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As reported earlier, the City Council of Szczecin in north-western Poland decided the Red Army memorial in the city centre must be removed. The officials insist the decision reflects the local residents' expectations since the USSR soldiers enslaved the Polish people instead though are said to have liberated the city.

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The monument in tribute to the Red Army and its services in the capturing of the towns in Western Pomerania during World War II was unveiled on April 23rd,1950, the fifth anniversary of the Red Army's entry into Szczecin.

In 1992, a five-pointed star made of concrete was removed from the monument.

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