Opponents of Poland’s former communist regime reportedly want to pay a posthumous homage to US President Ronald Reagan by erecting his statue in the place of a Soviet-era monument.
In an open letter to the mayor of the southwestern city of Katowice, the former anti-regime activists said that the staunchly anti-communist Reagan had been a “symbol of liberty,” the Polish news agency PAP reported.
As a result, they said, he deserved to become the centrepiece of the city’s Freedom Square, replacing a monument to the Soviet troops who drove out the occupying Nazis in 1945.
They also said that they wanted the site to be rebaptised “Ronald Reagan Freedom Square.”
The article goes on to say that the mayor of Katowice likes the idea, but he isn’t sure the city ought to pay the statue out of public funds (Reagan, of course, would have loved him). Call me crazy, but I think I’m very safe in assuming that the organizers could get some financial help from ye olde blogosphere for this effort.