Friday, 3 December 2021

Chinese statue of Karl Marx erected in his German birthplace

Karl Marx

A massive statue of Karl Marx, the founding father of communism, was erected in his birthplace after the southern German city of Trier decided to accept the bronze sculpture from China despite concerns over the country’s human rights record.

The 3-ton statue was erected ahead of the 200th birthday of the influential thinker and philosopher on May 5, when it will be unveiled.

“Karl Marx is Trier’s most famous son,” city official Andreas Ludwig said on Friday.

It depicts a thoughtful Marx holding a book in one hand. The 19th-century thinker spent the first 17 years of his life in Trier near the Luxembourg border. The statue stands over 5 meters (16.4 feet) tall, including the base.

The city council voted in favor of accepting the gift from the Chinese government by 42-7 in March 2017, but the statue has divided opinion.

Some see it as final recognition of Trier’s most famous resident.

“People have predominantly welcomed the gift,” said Michael Thielen, one of two Marx impersonators who will be present at the opening.

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