A brass plaque memorializing Iraqi tyrant Saddam Hussein was spotted Sunday on a park bench in London. No-one's exactly sure how long it's been there, but it was gone by Monday evening. Victoria Richards took the photo and spoke to the BBC.
So this has just appeared on a bench on my local high street pic.twitter.com/Je9lvNsZX8
— Victoria Richards (@nakedvix) November 19, 2018
Victoria questioned the motive of whoever fixed the plaque on the bench: "Was it a prankster? What's the message? Was it a frivolous, dark thing to do?"
Reaction on social media has been mixed. Some thought it was funny while others were shocked.
Adds the BBC: "Some came to the conclusion there must have been another person called Saddam Hussein who was born and died on the same dates as the dictator, and lived locally in Wanstead." Read the rest
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