Controversial statue of Lenin opens in Germany

Controversial statue of Lenin opens in Germany

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Red carnations deposited next to the statue of Lenin in Minsk

While statues of historical figures with a colonial past are being torn down in all parts of the world, in response to the death of George Floyd, a small communist party inaugurated a new one this Saturday, in honor of Lenin, the Russian Bolshevik leader.

More than thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the small Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD) inaugurates a statue of the Russian head of state, Vladimir Ilich Uliánov (1870-1924), in Gelsenkirchen, in the west of the country.

According to the tiny far-left formation, this metal Lenin is the first of its kind to be erected in former West Germany.

“With the financial crisis and the coronavirus crisis, young people understood that this capitalist system in which we live does not generate more hope,” says Léna, 23, a communist activist for some time.

She is part of a group of about 800 people, according to data from the organizers, who attended the inauguration of the metal statue in the city located in the Ruhr region, where red flags float and there is the smell of roasted sausages everywhere. Those who want to learn can also buy communist literature.

The 2.15-meter-tall statue, originally made in the Czech Republic in 1957, was due to open in March at the party’s national headquarters, but the act had to be postponed due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus.

“The era of monuments in honor of racists, anti-Semites, fascists, anti-communists and other relics of the past is clearly behind us,” said MLPD President Gabi Fechtner in a statement.

Lenin “was a thinker ahead of his time of world historical importance, a fighter for freedom and democracy,” he noted.

Gabi Fechtner described his party as “very modern”, as it is inspired by great historical figures.

Fechtner took the opportunity to praise Lenin, the philosophers and founders of communism, Karl Marx and Federico Engels, the founder of the People’s Republic of China, Mao Zedong, and dictator José Stalin.



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