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Anti-war protester hurls shoes at ex-Australian prime minister

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An anti-war protester hurled his shoes at Australia's former prime minister during a live TV show.

The outburst mimicked the shoe-throwing protest aimed at former US president George Bush in Baghdad two years ago.

Peter Gray flung his shoes at John Howard, a key Bush ally on the Iraq war, after demanding that the former leader defend his decision to send 2,000 troops to support the US-led 2003 invasion.

"That's for the Iraqi dead!" Gray shouted as he flung the shoes during the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's live Q&A program. The shoes missed their target and Gray was escorted from the studio.

The protest, shown repeatedly on Australian morning TV, echoed a similar incident in 2008, when an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at President Bush during a press conference in Baghdad's Green Zone.

Sources: Daily Mail (UK)

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