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Germany: Protests held in Karl Marx's hometown Trier on 200th birthday anniversary04:04

Germany: Protests held in Karl Marx's hometown Trier on 200th birthday anniversary

Germany, Trier
May 5, 2018 at 14:27 GMT -00:00 · Published

capitalism has consisted in the integration of the opposition into its system. The best example for this is the cultural and industrial exploitation of Marx's heritage that happens in Trier during this anniversary year."

German communists, far-right groups and other activists held simultaneous protests against the unveiling of a Karl Marx statue in the philosopher's home town of Trier, on Saturday.

Among the protesters, there were supporters of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and the National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD), who claimed to be commemorating the "victims of communism."

Members of the German Communist Party (DKP) also voiced their opposition to the statue, critisising the exploitation of the philosopher's anniversary for money and political objectives.

At the same time, the anti-Chinese Falun Gong movement also protested nearby.

The two-tonne Karl Marx statue was created by Chinese artist Wu Weishan and was donated to his home-town of Trier by the Chinese government.

It was erected on a platform right in front of the former Marx family home on Friday, but the unveiling ceremony took place a day after, on the 200th anniversary of the philosopher's birth.

Marx was born in Trier in on 5 May, 1818, and lived there before leaving for university. Frequently exiled for his political views, he lived throughout Europe for decades before settling in London, where he lived until his death in 1883.

Germany: Protests held in Karl Marx's hometown Trier on 200th birthday anniversary04:04
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capitalism has consisted in the integration of the opposition into its system. The best example for this is the cultural and industrial exploitation of Marx's heritage that happens in Trier during this anniversary year."

German communists, far-right groups and other activists held simultaneous protests against the unveiling of a Karl Marx statue in the philosopher's home town of Trier, on Saturday.

Among the protesters, there were supporters of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and the National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD), who claimed to be commemorating the "victims of communism."

Members of the German Communist Party (DKP) also voiced their opposition to the statue, critisising the exploitation of the philosopher's anniversary for money and political objectives.

At the same time, the anti-Chinese Falun Gong movement also protested nearby.

The two-tonne Karl Marx statue was created by Chinese artist Wu Weishan and was donated to his home-town of Trier by the Chinese government.

It was erected on a platform right in front of the former Marx family home on Friday, but the unveiling ceremony took place a day after, on the 200th anniversary of the philosopher's birth.

Marx was born in Trier in on 5 May, 1818, and lived there before leaving for university. Frequently exiled for his political views, he lived throughout Europe for decades before settling in London, where he lived until his death in 1883.

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