A left-wing party in Germany, has erected a controversial statue of communist leader Vladimir Lenin.
The small Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD) has installed a statue in front of its headquarters in the western city of Gelsenkirchen.
The city authorities have attempted to stop the statue installed and launched a line hashtag, saying that there was ” no place for Lenin “.
But the courts blocked their calls, and the inauguration took place on Saturday.
Lenin was a leader of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and led the country until his death in 1924, where he was replaced by Joseph Stalin. However, he remained a symbol of communist rule throughout the world, both among supporters and those who remember that human rights committed under the USSR.
Germany itself was divided for decades between the West and the communist East, until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
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In the debate around the Gelsenkirchen statue, which was made in Czechoslovakia, as it was called then, in 1957, the two parties have established a parallel with the demolition of monuments related to the slavery that took place in the fight against racism events throughout the world in recent weeks.
“We live in a time where many countries in the world are reflecting on the memorials,” said mayor Frank Baranowski in one of a series of videos on YouTube posted by the council of the city against the statue.
“It is difficult to put up with the fact that a dictator from the 21st Century is placed on a pedestal, and a memorial is made out of it. Unfortunately, the courts have decided otherwise, we have to accept it, but not without comment. ”
However, the MLPD’s president, Gabi Fechtner, described the communist leader as a “front-of-his-time thinker of world-historical importance, one of the first fighter of freedom and democracy,” according to the AFP news agency.