Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Shoe Thrower Monument

There's an interesting epilogue to this story. More on that below.

Here's a photo of the monument, erected at an orphanage and constructed with the help of the orphans, many of whom were orphaned by the war.

The day after the monument was unveiled, government officials took it down and destroyed it. Let freedom ring.

The shoe thrower, reporter Muntadar al-Zaidi, is still in custody awaiting trial for his crime. He could get 15 years for throwing his shoes. There are conflicting reports regarding his treatment in custody. CNN reports that his brother says he's healthy and being treated well. The BBC says he has "reportedly been beaten in custody, suffering a broken arm, broken ribs and internal bleeding."

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