Thursday, June 22, 2017

Poland passes law on demolishing Red Army monuments

The lower house of Poland’s parliament, the Sejm, voted on Thursday to introduce amendments to the country’s de-communization law, envisaging the demolition of Soviet-era monuments, including memorials in honor of the Red Army.

"The law has been passed," the press service of the Sejm confirmed to TASS.

The majority of parties of the Polish parliament endorsed the amendments in the first and second readings. A total of 408 MPs voted yes, seven said no, and another 15 abstained.

The amendments say that monuments and other similar sites "cannot pay tribute to persons, organizations, events or dates symbolizing communism or other totalitarian systems." These memorials do not include monuments at cemeteries and other burial places, facilities not located at public areas and those erected for scientific goals as pieces of art and also monuments included in the registry of pieces of architecture.

The Polish lawmakers suggest demolishing other memorials not included in these categories within 12 months after the amendments enter into force. Experts say there are at least 469 such monuments, and around 250 of them are dedicated to the Red Army.

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