February 2, 2009

Shoe thrown at Chinese Premier Wen

Per the China Post in Taiwan, a protester hurled a shoe at Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao as he spoke at Cambridge University on Monday, echoing the incident involving U.S. President George W. Bush last month in Iraq.

Reaction poured in worldwide.

@stevelee (Beijing): soon any press conference/speech made by a head of state will require the removal of all footwear post shoe bomber us airports

@jonmasters posted from Cambridge, U.K. itself.

@jonmasters (Cambridge): What's more shocking - that a shoe was thrown at a human rights violating Chinese dictator or that the audience blame the protester?

@patr1ck tweeted this from Chinatown in San Francisco:

@patr1ck (San Francisco, Calif.): Shoe throwing is, by far, my favourite new form of terrorism.

At one point, @davesgonechina suggested the YouTube video of the incident (http://tinyurl.com/acrbpf) was blocked.

@davesgonechina (China): Stupid that they're blocking the shoe throwing video... Wen handles it well, audience applauds in support. Shoe thrower loses.

He told @breakingtweets that the video has since returned.

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