Residents do not want a Polish-sovie...

Residents do not want a Polish-soviet brotherhood in arms monument

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Kraków, Poland

#1 Jul 19, 2012
A letter about arrogance and abusing democracy by Warsaw authorities wrote to the President of Warsaw, Hanna Gronkiewicz Waltz, inhabitants of Warsaw – Praga district who do not want to have a monument of “Polish-soviet brotherhood in arms”.

The open letter of the inhabitants is a voice of protest against Hanna Gronkiewicz Waltz decision to reinstall the monument which was replaced during Warsaw tube new line underground works. The monument is to be reinstalled closer to apartments along the Targowa street.

Protesting neighbourhood is ignored by the local authorities. On Tuesday the protesters organised a press conference at the building site, where building works are being carried in a hurry.

“This monument, installed in 1944 was aimed at sealing the soviet rule over Poland. It would be horrendous historical mistake if we reinstall that seal once again”– explained a historian, Jan Zaryn.“I don’t understand why the authorities allow it; we still remember shouting that was coming from the NKWD torture chambers located nearby”– said one of the ladies living in the neighbourhood.

“The officials from the City Council treated us arrogantly”– said Krzysztof Jop, legal adviser of building located at 81 Targowa street inhabitants. He explained that the Council unlawfully refused to allow the inhabitants to take part in decision-making. The residents complain that they have learned from media about replacing the monument closer to their windows.


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