Hillary Clinton showed that she still has quick reflexes as the former secretary of state ducked to avoid a shoe hurled at her. Unfazed, Clinton continued with her remarks.
Labeled a protester by the authorities, the woman was reportedly denied access to the event but had pushed past security. She was later taken into custody by the Secret Service and hotel security.
However shocking the incident might be considered in the United States, shoe-throwing (aka shoeing) has become a frequently-adopted form of protest in many parts of the world, especially in the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.
The following are some of the most (in)famous targets of footwear attacks over the past ten years:
The United States President George W. Bush:
This is arguably the incident that got the ball rolling.
"This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog!” he yelled in Arabic as he threw his first shoe towards Bush.
“This is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq", al-Zaidi shouted as he threw his second shoe.
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao:
In 2009, a German Cambridge University student protester threw his shoe at the former Premier of China, Wen Jiabao, asking, “How can the university prostitute itself with this dictator here? How can you listen to these lies he's telling?"
Turkish Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan:
In February 2010, Erdoganwas pelted with a shoe by a Syrian-Kurd citizen.
Pakistani President Asif Zardari:
While Pakistan was facing one of the biggest floods in August 2010, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, who was the president at that time, went on a non-official trip to Europe.
When Zardari visited the United Kingdom to address a conference, an elderly Pakistani man named Shamim Khan tried to hurl a shoe at his leader who – according to the protester – was enjoying luxurious tours while his country was in desperate need of aid.
Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was attacked in Cairo by a young Syrian boy while he was visiting Hz. Al-Hussein mosque after offering the evening prayer. The footwear hit the leader’s guard instead and three people involved in the incident were later taken into custody.