Shoe monument for man who threw footwear at Bush

10:18, 30 January 2009
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An Iraqi town has unveiled a giant monument of a shoe in honour of the journalist who threw his footwear at former U.S. President George W. Bush, according to Reuters.

The two-metre (six-foot) high statue, unveiled on Thursday in former dictator Saddam Hussein`s home town of Tikrit, depicts a bronze-coloured shoe, filled with a plastic shrub. "Muntazer: fasting until the sword breaks its fast with blood; silent until our mouths speak the truth," reads an inscription, in honour of journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi, who hurled his shoes at Bush and called him a "dog" at a news conference during the former president`s final visit to Iraq.

Zaidi has been held in jail in Baghdad since the incident, facing charges of assaulting a visiting head of state.

Fatin Abdul Qader, head of an orphanage and children`s organisation in the town, said the one-and-a-half-tonne monument by artist Laith al-Amiri was titled "statue of glory and generosity".

"This statue is the least expression of our appreciation for Muntazer al-Zaidi, because Iraqi hearts were comforted by his throw," she said.

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