Shoe hurled at China premier during UK speach

The shoe-throwing incident occurred when Wen delivered a speech on the global economy at Cambridge University on the last day of his official visit to Britain.

Shoe hurled at China premier during UK speach

A protester who threw a shoe at Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier, during a speech at Britain's Cambridge University, has been charged.

The shoe landed on the stage about a metre from Wen on Monday - the final day of his three-day visit to Britain.

The shoe-throwing incident occurred when Wen delivered a speech on the global economy at Cambridge University on the last day of his official visit to Britain.



British police said the protester, who shouted that Wen was a dictator during Monday's incident, had been charged with a public order offence and will appear before Cambridge magistrates on Feb. 10. They did not name the man.

"The Chinese side has expressed its strong displeasure over this incident," China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The shoe missed Wen and landed on the stage about a metre (yard) away from him.

The protester shouted during the incident, "How can the university prostitute itself with this dictator? How can you listen to the lies he is telling? Stand up and protest."

After the protest, Wen went on with his speech and said: "We come in peace. This is not going to obstruct China-UK friendships. History shows harmony will not be obstructed by any force, so would you let me continue."



About 80 people, both supporters and critics of China, had gathered earlier outside the venue. There was a large police presence in the city of Cambridge and security guards within the university building.

The shoe-throwing protest echoed the hurling of shoes by an Iraqi journalist at U.S. President George W. Bush on his "farewell visit" to Iraq in December.

Video footage of the Baghdad incident was shown around the world.

The protester, journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi who works for independent al-Baghdadiya television, shouted, "This is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog."


Agencies

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