• July 13, 2015
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Remigijus Šimašius: It’s a mistake that monuments in Vilnius do not speak Polish.

We have great problems in Vilnius in reorganizing a chain of schools’ –as the mayor of Vilnius, Remigijus Šimašius admits.

The guest of today’s political broadcast added that the municipality plans to withdraw its decision concerning not completing the 11th and 12th classes in the J. Lelewel High School in Vilnius. At the same time, it has been offered that the school leaves the building on Antkol and gathers all classes in one building at Minties Street. ‘It’s abnormal that the school where there are not enough students is placed in two different buildings on two river banks.’- Šimašius considers.

Moreover, during the talk, the mayor mentioned the project ’Talking Sculptures’, where plates with bar code have been placed beside 15 monuments and sculptures. After scanning the code in the app on a smartphone, we can hear the sculptures talking in the following languages: Lithuanian, English, French, Yiddish and Ukrainian. None of the monuments – nor the Barbara Radziwiłłówna, nor Stuoka Gucewicz –speaks Polish. Even the Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz speaks only Lithuanian and English. ‘I think this is a serious mistake and negligence that none of the monuments in Vilnius speaks Polish’ –Šimašius stated.

Translated by Agnieszka Galek within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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