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‘Senseless’: Karl Marx memorial vandalised for second time in two weeks | UK News



A memorial to Karl Marx has been vandalised for the second time in two weeks in a “senseless” attack. 

Vandals covered the grave with the words “Doctrine of Hate” and “Architect of Genocide” written in red paint.

The grave, which is popular with tourists at Highgate Cemetery, was also attacked with a hammer on 4 February.

The charity which runs the cemetery said at the time that the Grade I-listed memorial was subject to a “deliberate and sustained attack” and “will never be the same again”.

The grave was attacked with a hammer on 4 February
The grave was attacked with a hammer on 4 February. Pic courtesy of Highgate Cemetary

Maxwell Blowfield, who visited the cemetery on Saturday morning with his mother, said the damage was “shocking” to see.

He said: “I knew it had been vandalised earlier this month so to realise it’s been targeted again is particularly sad.

“I don’t know why this was done but it’s obviously someone trying to make a political comment on that part of history.”

Highgate Cemetery tweeted: “Senseless. Stupid. Ignorant. Whatever you think about Marx’s legacy, this is not the way to make a point.”

Other Twitter users responded with shock, calling the incident “appalling” and “unacceptable”.

Karl Marx was a political philosopher who is widely credited for laying the foundations for communism through his anti-capitalist writings.

He was originally buried in his wife’s grave on a small side path, but was given a more prominent location in the cemetery in 1956.

The monument is owned by the Marx Grave Trust and has been subject to attacks in the past.

In 1970, part of the face was damaged by a pipe bomb, and the grave has also had swastikas painted on it.

The vandalism was discovered on Monday morning
The vandalism was discovered on Monday morning

Several other memorial statues have been vandalised in recent weeks, including the RAF Bomber Command memorial in Green Park and a tribute to murdered PC Yvonne Fletcher.

Police say no arrests have been made over the 4 February attack.

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