This 35-foot rubber Michael Jackson statue was erected by the singer's own camp to mark the kickoff of his 1996 tour in Prague. It was temporarily placed on the plinth where a permanent statue of Joseph Stalin once stood.

*A group of Michael Jackson fans in the Czech Republic plans to build a statue of Michael Jackson in Prague, but the idea has been met by widespread protest, reports the AP.

The fans want to erect a six-foot column with a bronze bust of the King of Pop in Letna Park, where Jackson held a concert in 1996. They want to unveil it Aug. 29 to mark Jackson’s 52nd birthday.

Temporary 1996 rubber statue of Michael Jackson in Prague

City authorities have approved the project, but thousands of Czechs are voicing opposition to the effort. More than 2,000 people have joined a Facebook protest claiming it makes no sense to put the statue in the park because Jackson had no connection with the Czech Republic.

“Michael Jackson — rest in peace, and leave our Letna alone!” one Facebook message said.

A Prague art gallery has proposed putting statue by a Czech contemporary artist there instead.