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Prague street to be named after murdered mayor of Gdansk

Prague, Czech Republic – The Czech capital is planning to pay tribute to the former mayor of Gdansk, murdered earlier this year, by naming a street after him.

Spokesman for Prague City Hall Vit Hofman said on Thursday last week that a promenade in Riegrovy Sady park will be named after Pawel Adamowicz, the former mayor of the northern Polish city of Gdansk who was murdered in January.

The exact location of the promenade was chosen after consulting with the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Poland’s ambassador in Prague. The Polska (Polish) and Chopinova (Chopin) streets are located at a walking distance from the chosen promenade, which offers one of the greatest views of Prague.

Under Adamowicz’s leadership, Gdańsk had also named a street after former anti-communist dissident and first president of the Czech Republic Vaclav Havel, in 2011.

Prague mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirate Party) had already made public several weeks ago his wish to name a street or location in Prague after Pawel Adamowicz. Paying tribute to the slain mayor, he cited the “profound social and human rights legacy” the 53-year-old liberal politician is leaving behind.

Although the exact name still has to be approved by municipal authorities, the unveiling ceremony is planned to be held on June 4 this year at Riegrovy Sady, one of the most popular and biggest parks in the center of Prague.

Pawel Adamowicz had been the mayor of Gdańsk for over two decades. He died in the hospital last January after being stabbed at a public charity event by a 27-year-old man who blamed his former party Civic Platform for his jailing several years ago. The murder stunned Poland and sent shock-waves through a country highly polarized by years of toxic public debate, growing hate speech and political bickering playing on the population’s deepest divisions.

A few weeks ago, his former deputy Aleksandra Dulkiewicz won by a landslide the by-election to replace him.

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