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Chavez replaces Saud on Damascus Street

BEIRUT: The authorities have changed the name of Abdel-Aziz al-Saud Street in Damascus to Hugo Chavez Street, after a social media campaign advocated the policy.

Pro-opposition news websites said the recent move was supported by campaigners who objected to streets bearing the names of backers of the rebels in Syria’s nearly 4-year-old war.

However, some contributors to the Facebook campaign also complained that Chavez’ name was selected, because they said there were plenty of Syrians killed in the war, such as army personnel, who deserved to have streets named after them.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 10, 2014, on page 8.

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