US man wants Lenin statue removed from Atlantic City casino

Since the day a statue of Vladimir Ilich Lenin went up outside the trendy Red Square restaurant at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in 2005, Al Garrett has wanted it torn down. He claimed having a 15-foot (4.5-meter) tall statue of one of history's most brutal dictators is an insult to thousands of soldiers who died fighting communism. He went on talk radio shows claiming the statue is anti-American. He wrote letters to the editor claiming that a ruthless communist dictator has no place in a casino - a bastion of American capitalism, after all. He wheels his walker around to shadow Tropicana officials at public events like Boardwalk parades, holding a sign urging the proletariat to rise up and demand that the statue be exiled to Siberia (or anywhere else out of sight).