Yes vote to rename Berlin street

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22 January 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Residents of a Berlin suburb voted in a referendum Sunday to rename a street after a controversial student protest leader in the 1960s. Opposition Christian Democrats had objected to the local assembly in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg changing the name of part of Koch Street to Rudi Dutschke Street. Dutschke, a prominent left-wing student leader during one of the most turbulent periods in West German history, died in 1979 from the belated affects of a would-be assassin's bullet i

22 January 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Residents of a Berlin suburb voted in a referendum Sunday to rename a street after a controversial student protest leader in the 1960s.

Opposition Christian Democrats had objected to the local assembly in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg changing the name of part of Koch Street to Rudi Dutschke Street.

Dutschke, a prominent left-wing student leader during one of the most turbulent periods in West German history, died in 1979 from the belated affects of a would-be assassin's bullet in April 1968.

The local assembly approved a motion by the Greens and Left party in August 2005 calling for the change in the street's name.

But the Christian Democrats collected 5,000 signatures in a petition to force a referendum on the issue.

Some 16.6 per cent of the 182,000 eligible voters took part in the ballot, 1.6 per cent more than the 15 per cent needed for it to be valid. A majority of 57.1 per cent voted in favour of the name change, local officials said.

One of the most vocal opponents of the student leader at the time was Germany's powerful Axel Springer media concern, whose offices face onto the street. Ironically, Rudi Dutschke Street now intersects a road named after the deceased press baron.

DPA

Subject: German news

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