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Feb 03, 2009 at 07:58am IST

After Bush, shoe-cide attack on Chinese Premier

London: In a throwback to the George Bush shoe-throwing incident, a protestor on Monday threw a shoe at Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao interrupting his speech at the Cambridge University here.

The shoe thrown by a "young Western-looking man" missed by a few feet the Chinese leader, whose visit to London hasbeen marred by pro-Tibetan protests, the Times online reported.

Wen was nearing the end of his address on global economy when the man stood up, blew a whistle and shouted: "How can the university prostitute itself with this dictator? How can you listen to these lies?"

SHOE BE IT: A security guard picks up a shoe (L) that was thrown towards Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao at Cambridge.

He then took off his shoe and threw it at the stage missing Wen by a few feet.

"Stand up and protest, you're not challenging him," he shouted in "European accent" before being bundled out of the room, the Times said.

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

The journalist, whose attempts to hit Bush failed, was however arrested by security forces.

Following the incident, Wen said: "This despicable behaviour cannot stand in the way of friendship between China and the UK". He was then ushered away by security personnel.

Wen's visit has been marred by anti-China protests in London, which saw around 50 pro-Tibetan demonstrators gather outside 10 Downing Street today.

Five protestors were arrested after they held demonstrations on Sunday.