02 February 2009

Shoe Thrower!

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao was giving a speech at the UK's Cambridge University on Monday when he was just missed by a flying shoe.

The protester shouted "This is a scandal... This dictator here, how can you listen to the lies he's telling? You are not challenging him... How can the university prostitute itself with this dictator?"
Echoing the incident in December when an Iraqi journalist hurled two shoes at US President George W. Bush in Baghdad, he threw the well-worn trainer from near the back of the auditorium. It landed about a yard (metre) from the Chinese premier, but did not hit him...

Wen said after the interruption: "This despicable behaviour cannot stand in the way of friendship between China and the UK."

The offending shoe is summarily removed

Capping off the hilarity, Associated Free Press helpfully, though mistakenly, include with their article a map of the wrong Cambridge.

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