Vienna activists call for Mandela Square
The Local · 27 Nov 2014, 10:28
Published: 27 Nov 2014 10:28 GMT+01:00
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The square, which is located between the Mariahilfer Strasse and the Volkstheater, has already had a symbolic renaming, by members of the Austrian group SADOCC (South African Documentation and Cooperation Centre).
A press release from SADOCC said that many streets and squares across Europe had been named after Mandela, as a way of remembering his achievements in the struggle against apartheid. The proposed square in Vienna would be a prominent and easily accessible place of remembrance, it said.
SADOCC called on all factions of the city council to agree to the plan as soon as possible.
A similar proposal stirred controversy in Germany in 2013.