Argentina unveils statue of independence heroine donated by Bolivia

Argentinean President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales Wednesday night unveiled the statue of South American independence heroine Juana Azurduy in Buenos Aires as a commemoration of their countries’ history and friendship.

(Soundbite) Evo Morales, Bolivian President
“Brothers and sisters of Argentina, greetings to you all and thank you very much on behalf of the Bolivian people for this great monument of Juana Azurduy de Padilla.”

Kirchner expressed appreciation for Bolivia by donating the monument of Juana Azurduy, a Bolivian guerilla military leader who fought the Spanish colonists from the 1800s to the 1820s and contributed a lot to the independence of Argentina.

To establish the new monument, the statue of epoch-making navigator Christopher Columbus was removed from the location at the Columbus Square in central Buenos Aires.

The bronze statue of Juana Azurduy was made by Argentine artist Andres Zerneri, 16 meters high and 25 tons in weight.
Morales arrived Tuesday in Argentina on a two-day official visit and
signed a series of bilateral cooperation agreements on energy, health and migration with Kirchner.

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