Another shoe thrown at world leader, worse aim

By Erica Christoffer

How do you tell a head of state you disagree with their ideals? Throwing a shoe seems to be a method increasing in popularity.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao was the target of a shoe-throwing during his speech on the global economy at Cambridge University today.

Premier Wen Jiabao during speech at Britian's Cambridge University. (AP photo)

Premier Wen Jiabao during speech at Britian's Cambridge University. (AP photo)

According to the London Times, a young man stood up, blew a whistle and shouted: “How can the university prostitute itself with this dictator? How can you listen to these lies?” The London Times describes the man as Western-looking with dark hair, and in his early 20s

But unlike the shoes lobbed at (Former) President George W. Bush in December during a press conference in Iraq, his shoe fell several feet short of the Premier. Journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi’s shoes came only inches from Bush’s head.

Zaidi is currently being held in Iraqi prison, charged with “aggression against a foreign head of state during an official visit.” If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in jail.

Thrown shoe (AP photo)

Thrown shoe (AP photo)

The Agence France-Presse reported that the Cambridge shoe-thrower was taken into custody.

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