Hollywood's best known “Hitman” Chuck Norris is a real hero in Slovakia, it turns out. An army of his fans have voted to name a new bridge spanning the Morava River and the country's border with Austria after the star. Authorities disagreed.
During the two-month online poll up to 12,599 people reportedly voted in favor of 72-year-old Norris, a martial arts champ-turned actor. The Walker: Texas Ranger star’s name was expected to be given to the new pedestrian and cycling bridge near the capital.
However, the Bratislava Regional Assembly decided to call the bridge the "Freedom Cycling-Bridge", to pay tribute to those who died trying to escape communist regime several decades ago.
"It truly is a place where people were running for freedom through barbed wire, it is a place where many have died, so this is a dignified way how to honor these people," Bratislava Region Chairman Pavol Freso was quoted as saying.
The assembly's choice earned only 457 votes, outshone by other proposed names, including "Maria Theresa" after an Austro-Hungarian empress, Reuters reported.
The country in Eastern Europe, Slovakia was part of the former Czechoslovakia and has a 107km border with Austria. A number of people lost their lives in an attempt to flee the communist regime before its long-awaited collapse in 1989.
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