Last week, an Iranian protestor tossed a shoe at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at a political rally in the city of Urmia.This was the latest in a string of footwear-flinging. Last December, Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi launched two shoes at U.S. President George Bush at a Baghdad news conference. Last month, pro-Palestinian demonstrators hurled shoes at Israeli ambassador Benny Dagan in Stockholm, and IDF spokesman Ron Adelheit in Amsterdam.
Iraqi blogger Abbas Hawazin muses that shoe throwing is now a secular, mainstream outlet to vent anger. Last month, a German student called Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao a “dictator” before launching a shoe at him during a Cambridge University lecture.