Hillary Clinton joins politicians in 'shoe club'

Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton dodged a shoe thrown at her while she was delivering a speech at a Las Vegas hotel on Thursday. Footage of the incident showed Mrs Clinton, 66, crouching to dodge an object hurled at her as she stood on stage.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper reported that the former first lady joked about the incident as she continued her speech to some 1,000 people attending a metal recycling conference.

She said: "My goodness, I didn't know that solid waste management was so controversial." The woman who threw the shoe at Mrs Clinton was handed over to the police.

Mrs Clinton is not the first politician who has had to dodge shoes hurled at her. We look at other politicians who were in the same shoes:

Former US president George W. Bush

The most famous shoe-thrower of recent years was Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi who hurled his own footwear at then US president George W. Bush at a press conference in Baghdad in December 2008.

"This is a farewell kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog!", he shouted in Arabic as he threw his first shoe towards Mr Bush. "This is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq", he added as he threw his second shoe. Showing the soles of shoes to someone is a sign of contempt in Arab culture.

The US leader ducked twice, avoiding being hit by the shoes. Unruffled by the incident, Mr Bush quipped after dodging the flying footwear: "If you want the facts, it's a size 10 shoe that he threw."

The journalist was sentenced to three years in prison for assaulting a head of state. That was reduced to one year on appeal, and his sentence was cut further for good behaviour.

Former Chinese premier Wen Jiabao

A few months after the Bush incident, then Chinese premier Wen Jiabao found himself suffering the same indignity. Mr Wen as giving a lecture a Cambridge University in February 2009 when German student Martin Jahnke blew a whistle, accused the Chinese leader of being a dictator, and hurled his left sneaker at him. The shoe missed Mr Wen by at least 30 feet.

The student was charged but the judge ruled that there was not enough evidence to convict him of a of a public order offence.

Rahul Gandhi of India's Congress party

A shoe was thrown at the politician, heir apparent of the powerful Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, during an election rally in Dehradun in January 2012. The shoe fell well short of the politician.

A youth was detained for throwing the shoe. As the security personnel and Congress supporters grabbed the youth, Mr Gandhi was heard saying "don't hit him". The politician said of the episode: "If some people think that throwing a shoe will deter me and force me to run away, then they are mistaken. Rahul Gandhi will not run away."

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou

The Taiwanese leader joined the "shoe club" in December 2012 when a group of pro-Taiwan independence protesters demanding his resignation got upset enough to hit him with shoes, as well as a few bags and hats.

Since then, Mr Ma has had shoes aimed at him periodically - so much so that his security personnel had resorted to putting up protective nets around him during public appearances.

Ex-Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

During Mr Ahmadinejad's historic visit to Cairo in February 2013 - the first by an Iranian leader in more than three decades - a man tried to hit the politician's head with a shoe as he was mobbed by well-wishers on leaving a mosque. He was not hit but was hustled to his car by security men.

Ali Larijani, head of Iran's Parliament

Mr Larijani, an open rival of Mr Ahmadinejad, was pelted with shoes and stones in one of Iran's holiest shrines in February 2013, forcing him to cancel a speech there to commemorate the 34th anniversary of the Islamic revolution.

Mr Larijani, a leading member of Iran's most famous political family, was preparing to deliver his speech when a group of around 100 protesters, described by reports as "Ahmadinejad fans", started throwing shoes and small stones at him. The parliament speaker was forced to cut his speech and leave the place. The episode occurred less than a week after a high-profile clash between Mr Ahmadinejad and Mr Larijani in which the former released a video of what he said were secret business dealings involving Mr Larijani's younger brother Fazel.

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