"Victims of Capitalism Memorial" on display in Times Square

"Victims of Capitalism Memorial" on display in Times Square

On Saturday, July 7, 2007, a group of six communist militants unveiled a “Victims of Capitalism Memorial” in the Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, before carrying it past several banks and displaying it at the heart of Times Square.

The memorial, which event planners (all members and supporters of the Free People’s Movement) said was created to counter the so-called Victims of Communism Memorial recently constructed in Washington, D.C., drew a lot of attention from various passers by, including several cabbies who honked and pumped their fists and support, and a right winger or two that yelled outdated, jingoistic cliches such as “Go back to Russia.”

In the three hour span that the event lasted, the communists distributed hundreds of copies of a leaflet explaining their memorial, a hand painted banner displaying a number of atrocities – from the genocide of the Native Americans and slavery to World War I and the bloody rule of Pinochet – and their corresponding death tolls, in more detail.

When asked, the participants said they were in the process of creating improved “Victims of Capitalism” monuments which they planned to display in several cities in the U.S.

A short video of the Memorial being carried past the Chase Bank is available at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQ3GjcKi2wQ#GU5U2spHI_4

More information on the event, and the contents of the leaflet that was distributed at it, are available at:  http://freepeoplesmovement.org/fpm/page.php?318