Morning Clicks

Should shoe-throwers be arrested?

Sima Nan hasn't said clearly either way, but his political opponents seem to think so.

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 October, 2012, 9:15am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 October, 2012, 9:15am

Regarding the shoeing Sunday of Sima Nan, one of China's highest-profile Maoists, during a talk he gave at Hainan University at the invitation of his old friend and president of the university, Li Jianbao, one Sina Weibo user writes (in a microblog comment that was reposted by Sima):

An Iraqi journalist threw a shoe at American president George Bush and was sentenced to three years in prison, and China's public intellectuals all felt he deserved it! When a student in Britain threw a shoe at China's Prime Minister, he was arrested and sued and China's public intellectuals felt he deserved that too! Now that a shoe has been thrown at patriotic scholar Sima Nan, they've changed tune completely and say not just that the shoe should have been thrown, but are also cursing out Li for criticising the thrower! The thuggish nature of China's universal values clique once again proves that they're nothing more than two-faced beasts!!!


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