THE news that the Iron Lady would give her name to a square in central Madrid generated controversy and even vandalism last September.
And now, Madrid’s new mayor has announced Margaret Thatcher square is set to surrender its name, just months after being unveiled.
Podemos party has reportedly piled the pressure on to left-wing Mayor Manuela Carmena to rename the plaza in the heart of the Chueca district.
Pablo Iglesias’ left-wing protest party’s reasoning is that a public place should not bear the name of the former British prime minister who ‘enslaved the working classes’.
The fact that the plaza was also inaugurated by former mayor Ana Botella – who was never officially elected – is another stumbling block.
Botella, who opened the square, described Thatcher who died in 2013 as an ‘inspiration’.
Since the PP’s 24-year Madrid rule has finished, the new powers are loath to promote such an icon of conservative politics.
The 2,000m2 space, between Calle Goya and Paseo de la Castellana, is yet to have a new name.
But rumours suggest Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla could replace Thatcher.
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