The mayor of the American city of Seattle ed Murray has announced its intention to demolish the statue of the leader of world proletariat of Vladimir Lenin and a monument to soldiers who fought in the Civil war on the side of the Confederacy.
photo: Gennady Cherkasov
Murray said in an interview with radio station KIRO, Seattle residents Express concern for the monuments, which, in his opinion, are “symbols of hatred, racism and violence.”
Monument erected in 1926 by the organization “United daughters of the Confederacy,” and Lenin statue are in private ownership, therefore without the approval of the owner of the land to carry them will not work.
Nevertheless, insists the mayor of Seattle, the monuments must be removed. “We should not idealize those who commit brutal atrocities and tried to divide us on the basis of who we are and where,” said Murray.
Five-meter bronze monument to Lenin was installed in 1988 in Czechoslovakia. After the collapse of the Communist state statue dismantled. In 1994, the American Lewis carpenter bought it and moved to Seattle.
The proposal of the mayor of Seattle came amid clashes far-right and anti-fascists in the us city of Charlottesville, the reason for which was the decision of the local authorities to demolish the monument to the commander of the Confederate army in the Civil war, General Robert E. Lee.