Czechs oppose Jackson`s statue

Updated: Jun 30, 2010, 20:49 PM IST

London: Residents of Czech Republic have criticised plans to erect a Michael Jackson statue, insisting that the late pop legend has no connection to the country.

City officials in Prague approved a request by Jackson fans to place a six foot (1.83 metre) statue of the King of Pop in Letna Park, where the singer performed in 1996, reports a news website.

The bronze bust of the superstar was due to be unveiled on what would have been Jackson`s 52nd birthday, August 29.

But thousands of Czechs are furious at the prospect of having a statue of the singer. A local art gallery has proposed installing a piece of work by a contemporary Czech artist instead.

MJ, as he was known, died June 25 last year.