Plaques dedicated in memory of dictators such as Kim Jong-il and Colonel Gaddafi have mysteriously appeared on benches in a Dulwich park.
The plaques on benches in Goose Green are dedicated to the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il; Colonel Gaddafi of Libya; Romania’s Nicolae Ceascecu; and the Russian revolutionary Peter Kropotkin.
Each of them has a bizarre tag-line. Kim Jong-il’s plaque reads: “Kim Yong-il, 1942-2011. Always preferred George Lazenby.”
A plaque for Colonel Gadaffi, who was killed after his capture by a militia in 2011, has the barmy caption: “have i told you lately that i love you?”
Another is for the communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu, who was executed by firing squad on Christmas Day, 1989. His memorial plaque states: “1918-1989. Do ya think I’m sexy?”
A fourth, and final, plaque dedicates itself to Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin, which has a tagline from an advert for the cleaning product, Cillit Bang. It reads: “Bang! And the dirt is gone!”
Baffled park-goers in Goose Green did not appear to know much about the plaques when asked by a News reporter this afternoon.
One woman, who had been sitting on a bench dedicated to Kropotkin, was unaware of the anarchist, and had thought he was a deceased local whose family members had donated a plaque.
Another person had stopped to take a photo of a plaque dedicated to Ceascecu, because of its bizarre tagline, but did not know who he was.
Asked why he thought the plaque was there, he said: “I don’t know, it is one of those modern art things, like a Banksy?”
Mystery surrounds the plaques – but this is not the first time plaques dedicated to despots have been spotted in a London park.
In 2018, a plaque dedicated “in loving memory” of Saddam Hussein was spotted in Wanstead, east London.
Nobody ever came forward to claim responsibility for the plaque, which had sparked a backlash among some for insensitivity.
Redbridge Council later removed it. Southwark Council has been contacted by the News for information about the plaques and whether they will be removed.
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