Indonesia May Tear Down Obama Statue

Facebook drives puts matter on government agenda
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2010 7:21 PM CST
Indonesia May Tear Down Obama Statue
A statue of President Barack Obama as 10-year-old boy stands in Menteng Park in Jakarta, Indonesia; the government is under pressure from a Facebook group to tear it down or move it.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Under pressure from a 55,000-member-strong Facebook group, Indonesian authorities are considering tearing down a statue of Barack Obama as a boy, less than a month after it was erected in a Jakarta park near Obama’s childhood home. “We’ve been discussing ... whether to take it down, move it elsewhere or retain it,” a parks official tells AFP. “We’re finding the best solution.”

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Obama, who lived in Indonesia for 4 years beginning in 1967, “has yet to make a significant contribution to the Indonesian nation,” the Facebook page says. “We could say Obama only ate and shit in Menteng. He spent his subsequent days living as an American.”
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