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After Bush, shoe hurled at China PM

Written by: Staff

Cambridge Feb 4: It seems like 'shoe' has become a new weapon for protesters. When the memories of Iraqi journalist throwing his shoes at former U S President Bush is still fresh, a protester threw a shoe at China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao on Monday Feb 2 while he was giving a speech at Cambridge University, police said.

The shoe man who was seated at the back of the auditorim, stood up all of a sudden when PM Wen was delivering speech and said ' "How can you listen to this unchallenged?" before throwing a shoe that landed some distance from the premier.

Wen unperturbed, continued his speech with few seconds of pause. One of his aides quietly stepped on the stage, picked up the grey athletic shoe and removed it. Police arrested the man on suspicion of a public order offence.

"The university is a place for discussion, debate and considered argument, not for shoe throwing," said Tim Holt, a university spokesman.

The protester was taken to a local police station for questioning, a police spokeswoman said.

OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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