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Prague officially inaugurates street in honour of slain Polish mayor

Prague, Czech Republic – On Wednesday, the city of Prague officially inaugurated a street to pay tribute to Pawel Adamowicz, the former mayor of the Polish coastal city of Gdansk, murdered in January during a public charity event.

After talks involving the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Polish embassy in Prague and municipal authorities of Gdansk, Prague chose a promenade in the popular Riegrovy Sady park.

Located in the Vinohrady district, the promenade named after Pawel Adamowicz overlooks the Prague Castle and offers one of the most iconic views of the Czech capital.

In 2011, Adamowicz had named a street in Gdansk after former Czech anti-communist dissident and president Vaclav Havel.

The initiative had been launched by Prague mayor Zdeněk Hřib (Pirate Party), who wanted to pay tribute to the “profound and human rights legacy” of the former 53-year-old progressive mayor.

His murder last January, by a man who blamed Adamowicz’s former Civic Platform (PO) party for his jailing some years ago, sent shock-waves throughout Poland and prompted worries regarding the threat posed by the rise of hate-speech and the growing polarization of public debate in Poland today.

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