Protester throws shoe at Chinese premier in London

February 3rd, 2009 - 1:58 am ICT by IANS  

Gordon BrownLondon, Feb 3 (IANS) A human rights protester was taken into police custody Monday after he allegedly threw a shoe at Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during a speech at the Cambridge University, CNN reported.The shoe landed several meters from the Chinese premier.

The man was quickly apprehended by security and handed over to the police for questioning on suspicion of committing a public order offence, according to Britain’s Press Association.

A student who witnessed the incident told CNN that the man had stood up and shouted, “Why are you prostituting yourself? How can you listen to the lies he is telling?”

In footage of the incident, Wen’s speech is interrupted by a whistle followed by shouting. An object can then be heard landing on the stage.

Wen had been asked to address an invited university audience following talks earlier in the day with Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Security during the visit has been tight after a protester threw an egg at Wen following his arrival in London over the weekend, the Press Association said.

Despite deepening trade and business links between London and Beijing, Britain has been the scene of frequent protests by pro-Tibet and human rights campaigners.

Last year’s Olympic torch relay through London in the buildup to the Beijing Games was marred by angry demonstrations and violent confrontations between police and protesters

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