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Hong Kong's tribute to Bruce Lee
Bronze statue of Bruce Lee unveiled in Hong Kong
Lee's statue is seen as a belated recognition by his home town
A statue of martial arts star Bruce has been unveiled in his home town of Hong Kong, 33 years after his death.

Fans raised thousands of dollars to pay for the two metre-high statue, which stands overlooking Victoria Harbour.

It was unveiled in front of hundreds of fans on what would have been the kung fu legend's 65th birthday.

The film star's brother Robert addressed the crowd, some of whom had travelled from abroad, saying: "I think he really deserves this."

He said one of the legacies of his brother was his message of individual expression.

"He always wanted to tell people what a person can do to be able to express himself or herself (to) the fullest," Robert Lee said.

Bruce Lee, who died in 1973 at the age of 32 from swelling of the brain, was born in the US but moved to Hong Kong as a child.

The ceremony comes a day after a similar bronze statue in his honour was unveiled in a city park in Mostar, southern Bosnia.

But Bosnian police said the statue, chosen as a symbol of the fight against ethnic divisions, was vandalised hours after the unveiling ceremony.

"We have received reports that the statue has been damaged," said a police officer in Mostar, quoted by AFP news agency. "We are currently investigating the incident."

The chain and one of the nun chucks' sticks the statue was holding were missing, and empty wine bottles were scattered around the monument, said AFP news agency.

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