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Marx Grave Trust warns threats to his tomb 'will not be tolerated'

THE Marx Grave Trust has warned that threats to the communist thinker’s tomb will “not be tolerated.”

The trust, which is the legal owner of Karl Marx’s family grave and its monument, said that “in the wake of the welcome campaign to remove or resite the statues of racists and slave-owners, there has been a backlash by pro-fascist elements and their right-wing supporters.”

It said that Marx, an opponent of slavery and racism, had never been honoured with a statue in Britain. 

“All he has is a grave, together with his wife and family. This has now been targeted. Such threats are not only rank desecration but an insult to the worldwide socialist movement for whom Marx is an inspiration.”

The tomb was vandalised early last year, when it was defaced with paint and damaged with a hammer.

The trust said it had taken measures to secure evidence should it be attacked again and “calls on everyone to support the work of the Friends of Highgate Cemetery and the Marx Grave Trust … and by countering every attempt to damage the grave of a man who challenged exploitation and oppression.”

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