Poland plans to remove communist memorials

May 18, 2007 at 1:03 PM
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WARSAW, Poland, May 18 (UPI) -- Poland's ruling conservative party plans to introduce a law that would remove public symbols of the 40-year communist era, Polish Radio said Friday.

The ruling Law and Justice party of President Lech Kaczynski and his twin brother Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski said the Polish people deserve to get rid of symbols that remind them of the totalitarian regime that ruled the country from the end of World War II to the fall of communism in 1989.

In a commentary on the law, still to be approved by parliament, Polish Radio said it is aimed at dislodging all monuments, obelisks, statues and plaques honoring Communist rule in Poland.

Exhibits in museums, objects on cemeteries, buildings and items of historic value would not be taken away.

The huge Soviet-style Palace of Culture and Science, the gift of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in the 1950s, is likely to remain intact in downtown Warsaw.

Recalling the recent Estonian-Russian row over the removal of Soviet Red Army monuments in Tallinn, the Polish Radio commentary said the Kaczynski twins' ruling party proposed law is in no way directed against the Russian people, the radio said.

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