Karl Marx’s London grave vandalised in suspected hammer attack: A ‘particularly inarticulate form of political comment’

websiteFriends of Highgate Cemetery called a recent attack on Karl Marx’s London grave a ‘particularly inarticulate form of political comment’.

The Guardian writes:

The tomb of Karl Marx at London’s Highgate cemetery has been vandalised in a targeted attack that means the Grade I-listed monument will ‘never be the same again’. The suspected vandal damaged a marble plaque which was taken from Marx’s original 1883 gravestone and incorporated into the 1954 monument.  Images of the defaced memorial… show what appears to be damage done by a hammer to the lettering of Marx’s name and the marble on which it is mounted.

Ian Dungavell, the chief executive of the Friends of Highgate Cemetery Trust, condemned the attack as  ‘an appalling thing to do’ and a ‘particularly inarticulate form of political comment’, warning that the tomb would be permanently scarred.  The police were called to the scene on Monday afternoon.  Dungavell said no other graves at the cemetery had been damaged in the attack. Speaking to the Guardian he said: ‘We think it was deliberately targeted against Karl Marx. It was not random. You can see from the photograph that the person has really done their best to obliterate Karl Marx’s name…’

In a statement the Metropolitan Police said: ‘Initial enquiries have been completed and at this stage the investigation has been closed…

It is unclear when the incident occurred…

The children’s author and poet, Michael Rosen, suggested launching an appeal for the cost of repair …

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