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Iraqis reveal shoe statue

By Naved Akhtar     Jan 30, 2009 in World
The shoe hurling last month at the former US president, George W Bush has inspired a work of art with a sofa-sized shoe statue formally unveiled to the public in Iraq yesterday.
Mr Bush had to duck during a press conference in Baghdad when journalist, Muntadhar al Zeidi threw his shoes in anger. The footage of the incident spread around the world prompting street rallies in the Arab world and political satire in parts of the western world.
A giant fibreglass and copper statue of the shoe was unveiled in Tikrit, the hometown of the former dictator Saddam Hussein. Baghdad based artist, Laith Al Amari described his work as a homage to the pride of the Iraqi people.
The statue also has inscribed a poem honouring Mr Al Zeidi who is still awaiting trial for “assault” against a foreign leader.
Mr Al Zeidi’s trial has been postponed after his lawyer sought to reduce the charges. Meanwhile there have been reports that Mr Al Zeidi intends to apply for political asylum in Switzerland after claiming he was beaten up in custody.
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