Marx's German birthplace unveils statue of him
Protesters held banners reading "Down with capitalism" and "Father of all dictators" at yesterday's unveiling of a statue of Karl Marx in the German city of Trier, reflecting the polarising legacy of the philosopher in his birthplace and beyond.
The bronze sculpture, which towers over 5 metres high including the plinth, is a gift from China to mark Marx’s 200th birthday.
Marx spent the first 17 years of his life in Trier.
“Yes, we stand by the child of our city. And we deal with Karl Marx in a constructive and active way," said Malu Dreyer, premier of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, to which Trier belongs. "We are glad to eceive this present.”