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Germany: Locals react to Berlin metro's decision to change station name over racism concerns02:15

Germany: Locals react to Berlin metro's decision to change station name over racism concerns

Germany, Berlin
July 6, 2020 at 21:41 GMT -00:00 · Published

Berlin's BVG public transport body decided on Saturday to rename a major, central, underground station over concerns of racism.

Mohrenstrasse metro station, which translates to 'Moor Street' has been accused of being racist due to its use of the word 'moor,' a medieval term for North Africans.

The decision appeared to have split locals, who gave different opinions on the matter when interviewed on Monday.

"The Moors have been around forever. Then we would have to rename animals as well. 'Mohrenmaki' [English: black lemur], Wiener Sausage, 'Berliner' [Sweet donut from Berlin]. it all has to go then," argued local passer-by Bodo.

The decision was made in the wake of growing opposition in many western societies towards historical symbols of racism and colonialism, including statues and place names.

"I think it's very nice. Because I don't like it being called Mohrenstrasse to this day. It has been discussed for so long now, and I think a change is appropriate," said one local.

The station will be renamed 'Glinkastrasse,' after the 19th-century Russian composer and man regarded as the fountainhead of Russian classical music, Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka.

The change is planned to be completed before the end of 2020. However, there are no plans to rename the street where the station is situated, also named Mohrenstrasse.

Germany: Locals react to Berlin metro's decision to change station name over racism concerns02:15
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Berlin's BVG public transport body decided on Saturday to rename a major, central, underground station over concerns of racism.

Mohrenstrasse metro station, which translates to 'Moor Street' has been accused of being racist due to its use of the word 'moor,' a medieval term for North Africans.

The decision appeared to have split locals, who gave different opinions on the matter when interviewed on Monday.

"The Moors have been around forever. Then we would have to rename animals as well. 'Mohrenmaki' [English: black lemur], Wiener Sausage, 'Berliner' [Sweet donut from Berlin]. it all has to go then," argued local passer-by Bodo.

The decision was made in the wake of growing opposition in many western societies towards historical symbols of racism and colonialism, including statues and place names.

"I think it's very nice. Because I don't like it being called Mohrenstrasse to this day. It has been discussed for so long now, and I think a change is appropriate," said one local.

The station will be renamed 'Glinkastrasse,' after the 19th-century Russian composer and man regarded as the fountainhead of Russian classical music, Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka.

The change is planned to be completed before the end of 2020. However, there are no plans to rename the street where the station is situated, also named Mohrenstrasse.

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