Tuesday, December 16, 2008

responses to the throwing of shoes

the independent newspaper reports today:

"Thousands of Iraqis poured into the streets of Baghdad yesterday in support of Muntazer al-Zaidi, who was catapulted from obscurity to worldwide celebrity after hurling his shoes at the US President, George Bush. As the Iraqi journalist remained in detention for what authorities called "a barbaric and ignominious act", a crowd in Baghdad pelted US troops with their shoes in one of many street protests called in support of the reporter's action."

while mr al zaidi can be prosecuted for insulting a visiting head of state, the bi-partisan support he has engendered may make it difficult for an iraqi court to follow through. as noted in the comments at the end of the article [here] , it could only have happened in a democracy.

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