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Issue #1921      June 29, 2020

Lenin lives in Western German city

Lenin lives again in the western German city of Gelsenkirchen which recently unveiled a statue of the communist leader in the face of opposition from city authorities.

It came after a lengthy legal battle which found in favour of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Germany (MLPD), allowing it to erect the statue which was built in what was then known as Czechoslovakia in 1957.

Gelsenkirchen Mayor Frank Baranowski said he accepted the decision of the court “but not without comment” insisting that there was no place for Lenin in the city.

Germany was divided for decades between the capitalist West and socialist East until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Large crowds attended Saturday’s unveiling.

MLPD chair Gabi Fechtner said: “The time for monuments to racists, anti-semites, fascists, anti-communists and other relics of the past has clearly passed.

“Lenin was an ahead-of-his-time thinker of world-historical importance, an early fighter for freedom and democracy.”

Morning Star

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