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Journalist hurls shoe at Indian minister

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    By Ashok Sharma, Associated Press Writer – 11 mins ago

    NEW DELHI – An angry Sikh journalist threw a shoe at India's top security official after a confrontational exchange during a news conference over the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that left thousands dead.

    The shoe missed Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram, who continued taking questions Tuesday as officials escorted the journalist away.

    The journalist, Jarnail Singh, was taken into police custody, but released after questioning, said police spokesman Rajan Bhagat.

    Singh is a veteran reporter with one of India's largest newspapers, the Hindi daily Dainik Jagran.

    Before throwing the shoe, Singh asked Chidambaram several questions about the Central Bureau of Investigation's findings last week that cleared a senior Congress party leader, Jagdish Tytler, of involvement in the bloody riots that left 3,000 dead.

    Chidambaram said CBI was an independent body and that the government played no role in the decision. He called for the public to be patient.

    Singh, dressed in an olive-green shirt and a white turban, then threw his blue and white sneaker at Chidambaram, narrowly missing his face.

    Moments later, Chidambaram repeatedly asked the reporters in the room to "settle down" and said "the emotional outburst of one man should not hijack a press conference."

    Soon after, Singh told TV news reporters that he regretted throwing the shoe but felt Chidambaram was dodging the question.

    "I just wanted to ask him how justice will be done, but he was not interested in answering the questions," he told CNN-IBN during a telephone interview from police custody. "I don't think it was the right way, what I have done, but the issue is right."

    Singh did not say whether he was inspired by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi, who threw his shoes at former President George W. Bush during his last visit to Baghdad. An Iraqi court Tuesday reduced Al-Zeidi's sentence of three years in prison to one year.

    The 1984 riots, which remain a controversial issue in India, left more than 3,000 dead, most of whom were Sikhs. The carnage erupted across India after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's Sikh bodyguards shot her to death.

    Many blame Congress party officials for turning a blind eye or even supporting the rioters in the violence that ensued after their leader was slain.

    On Tuesday, hundreds of Sikhs held protests over the CBI's findings in front of the home of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, the daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi.

    Jagdish Tytler, the center of the controversy, was a lawmaker at the time and remains a divisive figure in Indian politics. He is currently campaigning for re-election to Parliament in polls that begin later this month.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090407/ap_on_re_as/as_india_shoe_thrown
  2. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    If this ever happens again to one of our guys, the Secret Service needs to put a bullet through the throwers shoulder blade.

    Bet it would not happen again.

    And if it does ....... the next bullet needs to go between the throwers eyes.

    That guy in Iraq would never have gotten off the floor if I had been accepted into the Secret Service.
  3. Phrozen Phil

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    Let's see. That's two shoe throwers, both unsuccessful. Stinky socks, soaked in napalm might be the logical escalation. All press conferences might only be open to journalists in government supplied slipper-socks.
  4. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Its happening now only because the people protecting the President did not treat the first incident like a real attack.

    They should have assumed he was throwing something dangerous at the President.
  5. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Bad Santa Staff Member

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    I wonder if he was as agile and matrix like as W was and with the smile he gave.

    Had to give W props for his moves on that one.
  6. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives. Zone Supporter

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    In Saving Private Ryan didn't they make sticky bombs out of socks ?
  7. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    I still can't believe how slow, confused and stupid the secret service looked during that ordeal.

    I've only seen a similar reaction from an old dog I had a while back who would fart and then jump up to see what the noise was.
  8. sacase

    sacase Well-Known Member

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    Secret Service should have double tapped the guy right there, no questions asked.
  9. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    That and C4.

    Give me those two items and I'll produce a bomb as well.
  10. Phrozen Phil

    Phrozen Phil Active Member

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    Agreed. His dodgeball training paid off. In all seriousness, I'd give short shrift to anybody throwing anything at a press conference like this. Conduct by journalists is assumed to be professional and appropriate. When someone can't hold him/herself to that standard, then they cease to be a credible reporter and should lose the priviledge. That could include arrest, restraint by appropriate means, including the use of force.
  11. Temo

    Temo Active Member

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    lol. Just... yea.
  12. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    This Administration is much too civalized for that. Now, if the guy were a card carrying Republican, then maybe.

    :laugh2:
  13. Jarv

    Jarv Loud pipes saves lives. Zone Supporter

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    He's also lucky W didn't throw a shoe back at himself, did you see the strike he fired over home plate yesterday throwing out the 1st pitch at the Rangers game :)
  14. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Bad Santa Staff Member

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    I hate baseball...so I didn't see it. :D
  15. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    I know you were joking, but the last incident occurred while there was a Republican in office. The Secret Service reacted as slow as molasses taking that guy down.

    I'd hope they won't react as slowly if presented with the same scenario.
  16. ZeroClub

    ZeroClub just trying to get better

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    How long before Homeland Security rules that all reporters attending press conferences must do so barefooted?
  17. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    That's like the ultimate indignity.

    That's the one thing I wish they'd change for airport security.
  18. sacase

    sacase Well-Known Member

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    Just wear slip on shoes. Makes life alot easier. When I pack I plan to go through security so I wear limited jewlery no belt and slip shoes. I may look like I am chillin in the living room but I am comfortable.
  19. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    I need to wear shoes that require socks or knee-high stockings (ie tennis shoes, closed-toed dress shoes). I refuse to walk barefooted on that nasty *** floor. So that means no sandals, which when the weather gets warm, that's all I wear.
  20. Joe Rod

    Joe Rod When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong

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    If you want to ensure it never happens again, then aiming for the Pelvic region would be better! :D

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