Germany: Locals react to Berlin metro's decision to change Mohrenstrasse station name for racial reason

The BVG (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe), the public transport organisation responsible for Berlin's underground decided on Saturday that they would rename the major, central, underground station. The decision to change the name of the Mohrenstrasse station appeared to have split locals, who gave different opinions on the matter when interviewed on Monday. 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 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. 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. «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,» argued another local. 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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