February 5, 2009

Shoe Throwing All the Rage

POLITICS - There's a new fashion statement in the world of politics. Throwing shoes at world leaders is apparently now in vogue, and getting detained by the police is a price many people would be willing to pay.

Last night someone hurled a shoe at the Israeli ambassador to Sweden during a discussion about Israel's upcoming elections. It was not immediately clear if Ambassador Benjamin Dagan was hit in the attack at Stockholm University. A second person threw a book at the ambassador and that both attackers were detained by police.

"The shoe only brushed his leg, and the books didn't hit him," says police spokeswoman Petra Sjolander. A dozen or so protesters in the crowd also shouted insults at the Israeli ambassador concerning the invasion of the Gaza Strip.

The incident echoed similar shoe-throwing attacks against former United States president George W. Bush in December and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Monday.

Would someone please throw some shoes at Stephen Harper?

See Also: Iraqi Man Throws Shoes at George W. Bush.

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