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Polish statue, subject of international flap, won’t be moved

December 21, 2018

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A Polish memorial statue that was the center of an international furor when a New Jersey mayor proposed moving it from its waterfront location will stay put.

Jersey City’s council voted Thursday to keep the Katyn (kah-TEEN’) memorial where it has stood for more than 25 years. The vote was reported by the Jersey Journal.

The vote ends a nine-month saga that featured protests, a federal lawsuit and heated words between Mayor Steven Fulop and Poland’s Senate Speaker.

Polish President Andrzej Duda visited the memorial in May.

The statue shows a soldier blindfolded and stabbed in the back with a bayonet. It commemorates the estimated 22,000 Poles massacred by Soviet troops in 1940.

Officials had considered moving it to make way for a waterfront redevelopment project.

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