Visitors look on as a statue of German revolutionary thinker Karl Marx is being unveiled on May 5, 2018 in his native city Trier, southwestern Germany. / AFP / dpa / Harald Tittel
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A larger than life statue of Communist philosopher Karl Marx was unveiled Saturday on the 200th anniversary of his birth in the western German town of Trier.The celebratory uncovering of the 4.4-meter bronze statue of Marx, donated by China, sparked criticism by some who blame Marx for crimes committed by social revolutionaries in Russia, China and elsewhere in the name of Communism.About 200 guests, including a delegation from China, applauded during the anniversary celebrations, when a bright red cover was lifted from the statue which depicts Marx with a frock and his signature bushy beard.A German group representing victims of Communism criticized the Marx anniversary celebrations saying they lacked a debate about the philosopher's support of violence in the abolishment of social classes.Karl Marx was born in Trier on May 5, 1818 and lived there until he was 17 years old.
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