Monday, August 22, 2011

Google Maps Renames Green Square to Martyr's Square

Muammar Gaddafi renamed the main Tripoli square from Martyr's Square to Green Square in order to reflect his weird, quasi-coherent socialist, sort-of-not-really Islamist Green ideology.  Needless to say the rebel forces of the Libyan Republic want to reclaim this space by reverting the name of the square to reflect the sacrifice of all Libyans.  As soon as the Libyan Republic's army entered the square they began to refer to it as "Martyr's Square."

Now the move is gaining legitimacy.  Google Maps, through user edits, is recognizing the change by calling the square Martyr's Square.

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Interestingly enough, at the time of this writing OpenStreetMap still labels the square as Green Square.

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Now if only Google Maps can reach par with OpenStreetMap by recognizing South Sudan!

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