There has been a wave of protests in Iraq and other countries, and now people in Iran have made their feelings known. Scores of demonstrators have gathered in Tehran in support of the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at US president George W. Bush. The TV reporter Muntadhar al-Zeidi has been in custody since the incident in Baghdad on December 14. “The journalist who threw his shoes at George Bush gave this traitor a good farewell,” said one man. “Bush has committed a lot of cruelty against the people of Iraq and other countries.”
Authorities in Baghdad have confirmed that the trial of the journalist will begin on New Year’s Eve. He has been charged with attacking a foreign leader during an official visit, which carries a jail term of between five and 15 years.