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In Berlin will rename a subway station with the "racist" name

The Berlin transport company BVG plans to rename the metro station with the "racist" name "Mohrenstrasse" (Mohrenstraße) to the station "Ulitsa Glinka" ("Glinkastrasse"), said in a statement.

In June in the centre of Berlin unknown painted over part of the name of the metro station "Mohrenstrasse" and signs with the name of the eponymous street, with it's anti-fascist inscriptions and stickers. The plates were painted over the word "Mohren" - rough obsolete designation for the black slaves who in the 18th and 19th centuries kept at some yards in Germany.

According to the company, its new name, the station will have the name of the street Glinka, which was so named after the Russian composer Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka (1804-1857). It is noted that the metro station was opened in 1908, the name "Mohrenstrasse" she received in 1991.

"The understanding and respect for conflicting discussions around the name of the street ("Mohrenstrasse"), BVG decided not to use it for the name of the subway station. As a company with an open mind and one of the largest employers in the capital, BVG disclaims any and all forms of racism or other discrimination," said the company.

It is reported that BVG is in contact with the relevant departments, the date of the renaming of the station will be announced later.

Amid protests against racism and discrimination in the United States and Europe after the death in detention by police of an African-American George Floyd in Berlin again intensified the debate about the need to rename the street "Marienstrasse". Every year on 23 August, the international day for the remembrance of the slave trade and its abolition, in the street rallies for its renaming. Renaming in particular, requires Public organization "Initiative black people in Germany", which believe that the word "Mohren" comparable in offensiveness with the use of the word "nigger" in the United States.