(MTI) – The statue of Karl Marx has been removed from the entrance hall of the university that once carried his name.
The university which specialises in economics changed to the University of Economics of Budapest after Hungary ditched state socialism. It received its current name (Corviniana was a famous Renaissance library established by the king Matthias Corvinus) in 2004.
The institution told MTI on Monday that it would give a briefing later on where the Marx statue had been taken. Earlier the university said the statue would not be removed from the campus.
“No kind of political or external pressure was brought to bear…” it said in a statement.
Earlier this year, the co-ruling Christian Democrats called for the statue’s removal, saying it was unacceptable that in today’s Hungary to have a monument to an openly “anti-Semitic and racist” ideologue.
The party’s youth wing (IKSZ) told MTI the statue’s removal today represented the symbolic closure of the post-communist period.
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