The initiative, which also took place at a time when statues were being discussed all over Europe, was highly criticized by institutional parties because of the controversies linked to the figure of Lenin and the communist regime that was established in Russia.
The mayor of Gelsenkirchen, a social democrat, said: “We live in a time when many countries have a reflection on monuments. It is difficult to tolerate that a twentieth-century dictator is placed on a pedestal and made into a monument. Unfortunately, the court decided otherwise, so we have to accept it, but not without having our say. ”
Marxist – Leninist Party of #Germany has unveiled Lenin’s statue in #Gelsenkirchen. This is the first time that the Soviet leader’s statue has been installed in the country since the fall of communist East Germany.#leninstatue #communism #statues pic.twitter.com/g2TTujANsa
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