Greek Protester Throws Shoe at Prime Minister
Posted on Sep 11, 2010
Possibly taking a cue about resistance from the beloved Iraqi journalist who chucked his shoes at George W. Bush back in 2008, a 49-year-old doctor has thrown a piece of his own footwear at Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou in protest of the government’s economic austerity measures. —JCL
A 49-year-old doctor was arrested Saturday for throwing a shoe at Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou in protest of the government’s austerity measures.
The shoe missed its intended target and the man, identified as radiologist Stergios Pravazeris, was taken to a local police station along with his 15-year-old daughter and farmer Stavros Vitalis, who was with the pair at the time. Police said that all three have been released.
Pravazeris told Greek media that he is a member of a newly founded activist group called The Patriotic Front (PAM), which protests government policies.
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Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, earlier this year.