News 05 Sep 17

Tito’s Name Still Adorns Streets Across Ex-Yugoslavia

An Italian researcher has made a Google map showing that there are still 276 squares, streets and waterfronts named after Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito in former Yugoslav states.

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A new Google map (see above) developed by Italian researcher Giorgio Comai shows that there are still 276 squares, streets and waterfronts named after former Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito.

The map, created using data from Google from August 2017, shows that more than half of them are located in Serbia – 176 squares, streets and waterfronts named after Tito.

The country with the second largest number of places dedicated to the former Yugoslav leader is Macedonia, with 36, then Croatia with 35.

Although on the map, Croatia is still listed as having 38, local authorities have renamed three of them over the past two years.

First Marshal Tito Field in the coastal town of Sibenik was renamed in 2015, while the assembly in the town of Karlovac renamed Tito Square in July, as did Zagreb’s assembly on Friday.

According to the map there are 23 Tito squares and streets in Bosnia and Herzegovina, five in Slovenia and four in Montenegro, whose capital Podgorica was named Titograd (Tito’s City) between 1946 and 1992.

According to the map, there are no squares and streets named after Tito in Kosovo.

The map also shows six different Tito squares and streets in Italy – on islands of Sardinia and Sicilia and in the region of Emilio Romagna.

There are also Tito squares, streets and boulevards in Sao Paulo, New Delhi and Moscow.

After leading the Partisans to victory during WWII, Tito ruled Yugoslavia until his death in 1980.

The post-war crimes and human rights abuses committed under his rule, along with the economic, cultural and social progress made at the same time, have ensured that he has remained a disputed figure in the region.

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