Video: Controversial Iraqi sculpture to be removed

updated 1/31/2009 12:25:58 PM ET 2009-01-31T17:25:58

A sculpture honoring an Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at former President George W. Bush has been removed, the director of an Iraqi orphanage said Saturday.

Fatin al-Nassiri said Iraqi police told her the statue had to be removed from the orphanage in Tikrit because government property should not be used for something with a political bias.

She said the sofa-sized statue of a shoe was taken down on Saturday after being unveiled on Thursday.

Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi threw his shoes during a Dec. 14 news conference in Baghdad.

Throwing shoes at someone is a sign of extreme contempt in Arab culture.

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