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Vienna activists call for Mandela Square

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A view of the Museumsplatz. Photo: Gugerell
10:28 CET+01:00
South African activists are calling for the Museumsplatz in Vienna's 7th district to be renamed Nelson-Mandela-Platz, ahead of the first anniversary of the former South African president's death on December 5th.

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.

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