Protester throws shoe at PM Wen Jiabao

A protester threw a shoe at Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao during a speech at Cambridge University and called the prime minister a “dictator“.

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The shoe landed on the stage about a meter from Wen, who was speaking on the global economy.

The activist, a Western-looking man who appeared to be in his early twenties, said: “This dictator here, how can you listen to the lies he’s telling? You are not challenging him.”

The police later confirmed that a man was arrested on suspicion of a public order offense and was taken to a local police station for questioning.

Wen’s visit to Britain was aimed at strengthening trade relations as economies around the world tip into recession.

The act of shoe-throwing as a way of protest was first witnessed in Iraq in December last year when Iraqi reporter Muntadhar al-Zeidi threw his shoes at George W Bush.

Watch the video of the incident here.