Rally held over Polish WWII statue in Jersey City

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A rally was held in Jersey City Sunday at a scene of a controversial Polish World War II statue.

Polish lawmakers and advocacy groups are suing over the decision to move the Katyn Memorial, a statue dedicated to Polish prisoners of war killed in Russia.

Mayor Steven Fulop said on Friday a deal had been reached, but on Sunday groups continued to rally in support of keeping the statue at Exchange Place.

Mayor Fulop says there are new plans for Exchange Place to energize the waterfront walkway.

The plans include a children's playground, spray park and green space for picnics.

Earlier this month, Fulop told News 12 the statue has no direct connection to the city and draws few visitors.Members of the Polish community say it's disrespectful to move the tribute to their ancestors.

The president of Poland is expected to visit Jersey City this week and lay a wreath at the base of the memorial.

The statue will reportedly be moved to the foot of York Street on the Hudson River.

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