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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Protester throws shoe at IMF boss

Protester throws shoe at IMF boss

Shoe was thrown at Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund
A protester threw a shoe at IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn during a conference at a Turkish university.
The man threw his white sports shoe and ran toward the speakers platform shouting "IMF get out".
The shoe bounced off another student's head but missed the IMF chief before landing beside him on the speaker's platform.
Some students applauded. Mr Strauss-Kahn moved to the side, and a security guard rushed to protect him.
Mr Strauss-Kahn looked puzzled as the shoe landed next to him on the platform.
Guards quickly pushed the shoe-thrower to the floor, covering his mouth with their hands and then dragged him from the hall. The conference was cut short and the hall evacuated.
The protester had attended the conference at Istanbul's Bilgi University as a guest student from another Turkish university, Anadolu, said Halil Guven, the dean of the Bilgi University.
At least one other protester tried to unfurl a banner, but was overpowered.
Demonstrators also raided the governing party's local office to protest the International Monetary Fund holding its annual conference in Istanbul, a TV station said.
Police detained some 20 students who shouted outside the conference centre "IMF get out, this country is ours."

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