More than 19k people signed an online petition to rename piazzale Luigi Cadorna in Milan after Gino Strada, who died on Friday aged 73.
Mr. Strada was the founder of humanitarian organization Emergency, created specifically to bring medical and surgical assistance to the victims of war.
Because of the multiple and consecutive failed attacks led by Cadorna during the first part of World War I, the large number of casualties incurred among his own men (outnumbering enemy casualties), and his personal reputation as disproportionately bitter and ruthless, Cadorna is often considered one of the conflict’s worst military generals.
The online campaign, on the Change.org platform, is calling for the Milan piazza to be renamed after Strada who is best remembered for his humanitarian work. Since its foundation in 1994, the medical-aid NGO has treated over 11 million people in 19 different countries and it currently operates in Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Italy, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Uganda, and Yemen.