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Please don’t shoe the piano player

Footwear of mass destruction were flying in Toronto and Montreal on Saturday, all in support of Iraqi journalist and shoe-flinger Muntadhar al-Zeidi. According to a CP story in the Globe and Mail:

About 40 protesters in both cities braved the cold to let fly in front of their respective U.S consulates and celebrate Mr. al-Zeidi's actions.

Demonstrators in Montreal pelted a black-and-white presidential photograph with boots, shoes and slippers and denounced the U.S. war in Iraq and the NATO-led war in Afghanistan, before marching to a downtown Canadian Forces recruiting station.

In the Arab world, bloggers are exhilarated. The Hook’s favourite Egyptian blogger, Zeinobia, has this to say:

To make it short again Imagine Your Country In the Place of Iraq and Your in the Place of Muntader and Bush in front of You !!

Throwing the Shoe to the face of Bush is better that killing him on the land of Iraq , killing him would make him a hero but the shoes suit him. Shoes are low and dirty just like him.

The Hook predicts that in 2009, even the most peaceable wearer of Birkenstocks will have to apply for a weapons permit.

As for Blundstones wearers -- don’t expect to get through airport security, or anywhere near a Canadian politician. You’re packing Magnum force.

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