Girls stand next to a sculpture of a shoe that serves as a monument to the shoes thrown at then-US president George W. Bush in Tikrit
In the Arab world, the shoe is a very powerful symbol. When Saddam Hussein was deposed and statues in his honor began to tumble, angry Iraqis would take their shoes off and whack the statues in what was then considered the most humiliating symbolism one could resort to. Hitting someone with your shoe was more than just about administering a few good whacks. It was about denigrating the other person with the lowest thing in your possession – the humble shoe. All that changed when Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi hurled his shoes at then President George W. Bush. Suddenly his modest shoes achieved heroic dimensions! This really came home with the recent unveiling of a sofa sized statue of a shoe in his honor in Tikrit, the hometown of the former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Baghdad-based artist Laith al-Amari described his fiberglass-and-copper work as a homage to the pride of the Iraqi people… The statue also has inscribed a poem honoring Muntadhar al-Zeidi, the Iraqi journalist. Al-Zeidi was charged with assaulting a foreign leader, but the trial was postponed after his lawyer sought to reduce the charges.
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