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Statue of Melania Trump is set on fire in Slovenia

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A statue of the first lady of the United States, Melania Trump, was set on fire on American Independence Day, July 4. The wooden sculpture was in Rozno, near Sevnica, Melania’s hometown, Slovenia.

It is not known who set the monument on fire. Brad Downey, an American artist based in Berlin who commissioned the statue, coordinated its removal a day after it was charred.

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“I want to know why they did it,” said Downey, who hoped the statue would foster a dialogue about the political situation in the United States, highlighting Melania Trump’s status as an immigrant married to a president who has vowed to reduce immigration.

The police informed the Reuters news agency that they had initiated an investigation.

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Melania’s sculpture was carved from a tree trunk in July 2019, and caused a lot of controversy in the city for not portraying the beauty of the American first lady, a former model.

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With abstract shapes, the statue depicts Mrs. Trump with a raised arm and a blue coat, similar to what she wore during her husband’s inauguration.

Some residents classified the statue as a “disgrace”, complaining that it looked more like the character Smurfette, from the cartoon “Smurfs”, than the first lady.

The destruction of the statue comes at a time when many monuments are being demolished around the world, in the wake of protests against the death of George Floyd, the African American murdered in the United States by a white police officer. The demonstrators’ favorite targets are images of people linked to the colonial and slave-like past of the Americas.

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The American president rejected the deposition of monuments. In a speech at Mount Rushmore, during Independence Day, Donald Trump attacked the “Angry Crowds [que] they are trying to demolish statues of our founders, disfigure our most sacred memorials and unleash a wave of violent crimes in our cities ”.

In January of that year, a statue of the Republican was also the target of protests in Slovenia. An almost eight-meter-long wooden image that had been built in his honor to the east of the capital Ljubljana, was burned by unknown arsonists.

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