After Ukraine attempts to exorcise Communist demons by taking down Lenin statues, a far-left party in Germany puts one up.
Far-left political party erects statue of Lenin in Germany
A far-left German political party installed a statue of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin over the weekend in the city of Gelsenkirchen.
The Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany erected the statue, similar to the one in Seattle, in front of its offices over the weekend, according to the BBC. City officials tried to stop the statue’s installment, but courts blocked their efforts.
“We live in a time in which many countries of the world are reflecting on memorials,” said the city’s mayor, Frank Baranowski.
“It’s hard to put up with the fact that a dictator from the [20th] century is being placed on a pedestal and a memorial is being made out of it. Unfortunately, the courts have decided otherwise. We must accept that, but not without comment,” the mayor added.