Iraq Bans School Trips to Saddam's Grave

Group visits banned after schoolgirls filmed singing Saddam's praises
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2009 5:58 AM CDT
Executed former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is shown in custody after he was arrested near his Tikrit home.    (AP Photo/U.S. Army)
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(Newser) – Iraq has banned school groups and all other organized visits to Saddam Hussein's grave after video emerged of a group of schoolgirls singing his praises, the BBC reports. The executed dictator is buried in his home village near Tikrit, and the site is still a place of pilgrimage for loyalists. The government has also called for the removal of all signs and monuments that glorify the old regime.