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article imageAnti-war activist throws boot at former Australian PM (video)

By Andrew Moran     Oct 26, 2010 in World
Sydney - During a live television broadcast in Sydney, an anti-war activist hurled his shoes at former Australian Prime Minister John Howard. He said he did it for the tens of thousands of Iraqis who have perished in the Iraq war.
On Monday, during a live television broadcast of a talk show, Pete Gray, an anti-war protestor, hurled a shoe at the former Prime Minister and said “That is for the Iraqi dead.”
Tony Jones, the talk show host, asked security to escort Gray from the television studio. Press TV reports that after Gray was escorted out, he said: “I did it for tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of dead and those that are still living.”
An audience member also shouted, before walking out of the studio, “You’ve got blood on your hands.”
According to the Herald Sun, Prime Minister Julia Gillard said there is “no excuse” for throwing shoes at Howard, or any other public official for that matter: “It's the wrong thing to do.”
In Nov. 2009, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard was attacked by a boot when a critic and anti-war activist threw the boot during a speech at Cambridge University. Howard was also accused of being racist.
Throwing shoes at elected officials has become a popular protest method since 2008 when former United States President George W. Bush was attacked by an Iraqi journalist with a pair of shoes.
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