Iraqi town unveils Bush shoe monument for journalist / PHOTO

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.

Iraqi town unveils Bush shoe monument for journalist / PHOTO

The two-metre (six-foot) high statue, unveiled on Thursday in former president 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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