Bosnian youth in Mostar unveiled a life-size bronze statue of Bruce Lee this week, describing him as a symbol of ethnic reconciliation. “We chose Bruce Lee for a reason,” said Nino Raspudic of Urban Movement Mostar. “We want to honor him personally, but also as a true symbol of the fight against injustice.” Writer Veselin Gatalo came up with the idea as a way to make Mostar famous for something besides ethnic hatred. The city has been divided among its Muslim, Croat, and Serb populations since the Bosnian civil war ended in 1995. A second Bruce Lee statue was erected this week in Hong Kong, where the Chinese-American kung fu star was born. Lee, who died of brain swelling in 1973, would have been 65 this week.
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