7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
World News

New Bruce Lee statue vandalised

MOSTAR, Bosnia-Hercegovina: A new statue honouring late martial arts legend Bruce Lee was vandalised hours after it was unveiled in this southern Bosnian city.

"We have received reports that the statue has been damaged. We are currently investigation the incident," a police officer in Mostar said.

The life-size bronze statue of the kung fu cinema icon in a defensive position holding nun chucks, part of kung fu equipment, was unveiled during an emotional ceremony on Saturday.

The chain and one of the nun chucks' sticks were missing and empty wine bottles were scattered around the statue in a city park.

Several dozen citizens gathered in the park yesterday morning and expressed their disgust.

"It is a crime!" said one.

"Once again we've shown what Balkan savageness is!" lamented another in disbelief.

The park's nightkeeper, Veljo Dojcinovic, said he saw a group of teenage hooligans entering the park in the middle of the night.

Lee was chosen as a hero that all ethnic groups could relate to in a city that remains bitterly divided after fierce fighting between Croats and Muslims during the country's 1992-95 war.

In a rare show of unity some 300 Bosnian Croats and Muslims attended the unveiling ceremony.

However, it took more than 30 years, $100,000 (BD37,800) and a lot of convincing, but Bruce Lee finally got the recognition his legions of fans worldwide feel he deserves with a monument in Hong Kong, the city that made him famous.

A bronze statue to the high-kicking kung fu star was unveiled yesterday evening before friends, family and local officials in a ceremony on what would have been his 65th birthday.

The 2.5-metre tall, 600kg monument, placed along the harbourfront Avenue of the Stars, Hong Kong's equivalent of Hollywood's Walk of Fame, is the culmination of years of badgering and fund-raising by the Bruce Lee Club.

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