Chinese dissident's act is a really big shoe

The architect of the Chinese government's Internet censorship policies got an unmistakable sign on May 19 that not everyone is a fan of the restrictions when a dissident threw a shoe at him, according to a report in Network World.

A Chinese microblogger, who has not revealed his identity, said on Twitter that he hit government official Fang Binxing with a shoe and threw eggs at him during a small event at Wuhan University attended by about 30 people. The assailant said he did so to protest the government's draconian restrictions on the Internet.

There has been no official statement from the Chinese government about the incident, so it is still unclear which brand of shoe the dissident threw. There's also no word on whether the incident was inspired by a similar shoe-throwing episode in 2008 involving former U.S. President George W. Bush.

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