Karl Marx's Monument In Highgate Cemetery Has Been Vandalised

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Karl Marx's Monument In Highgate Cemetery Has Been Vandalised
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Karl Marx Memorial in Highgate Cemetery. Photo: Shutterstock

In a worrying sign that the Cold War mentality is returning to the world, Karl Marx's memorial in Highgate Cemetery has been vandalised. Parts of the Grade I listed monument's inscription have been chipped away, as shown in the photo below.

Marx might be a divisive political figure, but his memorial is a big attraction for tourists visiting London — Highgate Cemetery regularly pulls in over 80,000 visitors a year, and this is the main sight that many of them come to see.

This isn't the first time someone has tried to destroy the monument. In 1970, vandals used a crude homemade bomb in an attempt to blow up Marx's bust. It failed: the monument was battered and bruised but still standing. Some even suggest the explosion left the memorial leaning ever so slightly to the left, although this could be apocryphal.

Last Updated 05 February 2019

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