Touching your shoes during conference can land you in jail!December 18th, 2008 - 6:58 pm ICT by ANI
New York, Dec 18 (ANI): After the President George Bush shoe throwing incident, touching your shoe or holding it in your hand could land you in jail, as a transit rider protesting the price hike at a meeting found out.
Millies had called for the subway and bus fare to be reduced to 1 dollar, to help unemployed New Yorkers, and then, referred to the authoritys chief executive, who was sitting about 15 feet away.
Where is Elliot Sander? the New York Times quoted him as saying.
He then stooped, and slipped off one of his shoes shouting at the same time.
You made 300,000dollars last year, he stated.
Fearing a repeat of the incident where an Iraqi journalist threw his show at Bush, he was dragged off by the police, still clutching his shoe, a black, thick-soled oxford, in his hand.
This shoe is for you, he shouted as he was hustled out.
Millies, 54, of Jackson Heights, Queens, was given a summons for disorderly conduct and released.
When he was questioned later about the incident, Millies said he had no intention of throwing his shoe.
I wanted to show the sole of the shoe as a sign of contempt for someone who makes so much money and yet wants to raise fares on the disabled, he stated.
However he did say that the gesture was planned with Muntader al-Zaidi, the Iraqi shoe-thrower, in mind.
I was very much inspired by that courageous Iraqi journalist who was protesting the occupation of his country by the American and British oil companies and their governments, he added. (ANI)
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