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Karl Marx’s German Birthplace to Accept Chinese Statue

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  • A monument to Karl Marx stands above his remains at the Highgate Cemetary in North London.
    A monument to Karl Marx stands above his remains at the Highgate Cemetary in North London. | Photo: Reuters.
A statue of the founding father of communism reading a book will mark his birthplace.

The German city of Trier has decided to accept a towering statue of Karl Marx from China marking next year’s 200th birthday of the founding father of communism.

The city council voted in favor late on Monday with 42 members in favor and seven against.

“The decision, however, does not stipulate the size of the sculpture or where it will be placed,” said the city council in a statement.

Chinese artist Wu Weishan has suggested the statue should be 4.9 meters tall atop a 1.4 meter high pedestal at the Porta Nigra, the city’s most famous landmark and one of the biggest and best-preserved Roman gates north of the Alps.

A model of the statue was put on display there for two days at the start of March. The council said it would talk to the artist and the Chinese consulate in Frankfurt to decide who will pay the roughly 70,000 euros needed for the pedestal.

Despite debate over the statue, which would feature Marx with head held high and holding a book in one hand, supporters call it a welcome acknowledgement of the city as the philosopher’s birthplace.

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