Serbs unveil statue to Bob Marley


marleystatue-cp-5387503.jpgLate Jamaican singer Bob Marley had a statue unveiled in his memory on Saturday in a Serbian village, making it Europe's first statue to the late Jamaican reggae to promote peace and acceptance of differences in a region still recovering from war.

Two Balkan musicians, one from Croatia and one from Serbia, unveiled the monument in the village of Banatski Sokolac at midnight during a gathering of rock bands from the Balkans.

"Bob Marley promoted peace and tolerance in his music," said Mirko Miljus, an organizer. The event continued a trend of raising monuments to popular Western icons instead of local historical figures.

Bosnians have erected a monument to Bruce Lee in the town of Mostar and Serbs have put up a statue to Rocky Balboa in northern Serbia.

Following the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and the bloodshed of the 1990s, people can rarely agree on their role models and prefer figures not linked to the region.