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October 26, 2021

Park vs. Holocaust Monument

A park of 3,000 sq m, located in front of the Interior Ministry, is in danger of being cleared in the coming days, in its place being built the Holocaust Monument. Several non-Governmental organizations say that the action is illegal. The park is delimited by the streets Anghel Saligni, Mihai Voda, Brezoianu and Lipscani.

The development of the Holocaust Monument supposes to entirely clearing the park, to cement the area and to build five constructions on it: Memorial, the Star of David, Via Dolorosa, the Column and the Gypsies’ Wheel. The construction of the monument is scheduled to start next week, which will be inaugurated on October 9. The project will cost RON 16 M.

The Zonal Urban Plan for this area was issued through the Resolution of the General Council of the City of Bucharest from October 29, 2008, but the NGOs say that it contradicts the emergency ordinance which forbids changing the destination of the green areas, to reduce their surface or to relocate them.

Eco-Civica, EcoAssist, Bucharest and Save Bucharest Association have appealed to Bucharest City Hall and requested to maintain the destination of the park, the Holocaust Monument to be built somewhere else.

Mayor Sorin Oprescu says in retort that it was decided to remove 32 trees, and in compensation 110 trees will be planted in Izvor Park.

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