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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 as well as municipal authorities of Gdansk, Prague chose a promenade in the popular Riegrovy Sady park to honour the legacy and memory of Adamowicz.

Located in the Vinohrady district, the street named after former Polish mayor Pawel Adamowicz overlooks the Prague Castle and offers one of the most iconic views of the Czech capital and its historic centre.

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

The initiative was 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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