Thousands rally in Iraq to support Bush shoe thrower
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Special report: Tension escalates in Iraq

Video:Iraqis demand release of shoe-thrower

°§Thousands of Iraqis have taken to streets on Tuesday to demand release of an Iraqi journalist.
°§Iraqis hailed the journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi and praised his act as a heroic action.
°§The Union of Iraqi Lawyers said it is preparing a group of lawyers for defending Zaidi if being prosecuted.

    BAGHDAD, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of Iraqis have taken to streets on Tuesday for second day to demand the release of an Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush during a news conference two days ago.

Thousands of Iraqis have taken to streets on Tuesday for second day to demand the release of an Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush during a news conference two days ago.

A shoe is raised during a protest against the U.S. President's visit in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday. Dec. 15, 2008.Thousands of Iraqis have taken to streets on Tuesday for second day to demand the release of an Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at U.S. President George W. Bush during a news conference two days ago.  (Photo: CRIOnline.com)
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    Iraqis across the country hailed the journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi, who worked for Cairo-based Baghdadia television, and praised his act of throwing shoes at Bush as a heroic action.

    In Iraq's northern city of Mosul, hundreds of protestors gathered outside the building of the city university carrying banners and chanted slogans, demanding release of the reporter anddescribing him as a national hero.

    In Nassriyah city, the capital of Dhi Qar province in southern Iraq, dozens of people from local civil organizations of the Zaidiya tribe, where the reporter's family belongs, demonstrated in central city and also demanded the release of Zaidi.

    Several more demonstrations have taken the streets in other cities of Salahudin, Hilla and Fallujah.

Video frame grab of U.S. President George W. Bush (L) ducking from a shoe during a news conference in Baghdad December 14, 2008. An Iraqi reporter threw his shoes at Bush and called him a "dog" in Arabic during a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Sunday. 
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    On Monday, thousands of supporters of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr rallied in the Sadr City neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, where Zaidi's family live, burned American flags to protest against Bush and demanded the release of Zaidi.

    Abdul Kareem Khalaf, head of operation office in the Interior Ministry, said that "an arrest warrant has been issued against Zaidi for committing a misdemeanor for throwing his shoes on President Bush and he has to get proper punishment."

    "The shoe throwing was also an insult to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki himself," Khalaf said.

Security personnel tackle a man who threw a shoe at U.S. President George W. Bush during a joint statement with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad, December 14, 2008.

Security personnel tackle a man who threw a shoe at U.S. President George W. Bush during a joint statement with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad, December 14, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    Also on Tuesday, the Union of Iraqi Lawyers announced in a statement obtained by Xinhua, that it supports Zaidi and it is preparing a group of lawyers for defending him if being prosecuted.

    "Misdemeanor, according to the Iraqi law, could take sentences ranging from three months to three years in prison, but for Zaidi it could be easier than that because the court may consider Zaidi's act was expressing his rejection for the U.S. soldiers crimes toIraqis," Ali al-Dulaimi, a lawyer, told Xinhua.

    Zaidi, 29, was immediately wrestled to the ground by security guards on Sunday night after throwing his shoes on Bush and since then he was being held by Iraqi security forces for interrogation and he was also being tested for alcohol and drugs.

 

Iraqi reporter throws shoes at Bush in Baghdad

    BAGHDAD, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- An Iraqi reporter threw his shoes at visiting U.S. President George W. Bush and called him a "dog" in Arabic during a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Sunday.

    Muntadhar al-Zaidi, reporter of Baghdadiya television jumped and threw his two shoes one by one at the president, who ducked and thus narrowly missed being struck, raising chaos in the hall in Baghdad's heavily fortified green Zone. Full story

Editor: Wang Hongjiang
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