Shoe Attack on Chinese Prime Minister

A protester has thrown a shoe at Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao - but missed. The shoe landed on the stage about a metre from Mr Wen, who was delivering a speech on the global economy at Cambridge University. The protester, who was held by university security guards, shouted "how can the university prostrate itself with this dictator?" and "how can you listen to this unchallenged?", according to witnesses. A police spokeswoman said the man is being held in custody and questioned on suspicion of committing a public order offence. The shoe attack was reminiscent of events in Baghdad in December last year, when Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi hurled both his shoes at George W Bush. Unlike Mr Wen, the then-US President was forced to duck to avoid the flying footwear. The Chinese Premier, who earlier met Prime Minister Gordon Brown for economic talks, described the incident as "despicable".