Headstone of Karl Marx’s London grave vandalised
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Headstone of Karl Marx’s London grave vandalised

Vandals took to the left-wing philosopher's grave with hammers in what the cemetery trust condemned as an 'appalling' act

The tomb of Karl Marx at Highgate cemetery was severely vandalised last week.

Parts of the marble plaque standing over the 19th-century gravestone of the radical left-wing philosopher were chiselled off. There are no suspects.

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 Guardian reported.

Dungavell said no other graves at the cemetery had been damaged in the attack.

“We think it was deliberately targeted against Karl Marx. It was not random,” he told the Guardian. “You can see from the photograph that the person has really done their best to obliterate Karl Marx’s name.”

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