Original Title: Police Order Statue Dedicated to Bush Shoe-Thrower Removed
Jan. 29: Girls stand next to a sculpture of a shoe that
as a monument to the shoes thrown at former President Bush.
BAGHDAD (AP) — The director of an orphanage in Tikrit says she must remove the shoe sculpture set up to honor the Iraqi journalist [Muntazer al-Zaidi,] who threw his shoes at former U.S. President George W. Bush.
Fatin al-Nassiri says Iraqi police told her the statue had to be removed because government property should not be used for something with a political bias.
She says the statue was taken down on Saturday.
A sofa-sized shoe statue was formally unveiled to the public Thursday in the hometown of the former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Baghdad-based artist Laith al-Amari described his fiberglass-and-copper work in Tikrit as a homage to the pride of the Iraqi people.
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