I came across this news video about an iconic Soviet statue that some people want restored to its former public location. Here is the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6EtSuKSz68&feature=user
Should this be allowed for the sake of heritage? Or, does the statue and the Hammer and Sickle borne on it represent an oppressive regime, and therefore should not be given public space?
As a side note, I'm reading a good book right now, Confederates in the Attic
. Many people in the book are against the flying of the Confederate (Battle) Flag because of what they believe it represents: slavery, racism, etc. Confederate flag supporters say that it's about HERITAGE and not HATE. Now, I know that the Confederate Flag issue doesn't compare with the Hammer and Sickle, but it still got me wondering: do the people who want to re-erect the Soviet statue have a right to do so, for the sake of recognizing one's history and heritage?