Man Throws Shoe At IMF Director

By: Ivan Watson
By: Ivan Watson

ISTANBUL, Turkey (CNN) — A protester threw a shoe at the IMF director at the end of a question-and-answer session Thursday at a university in Istanbul.

Security officers stopped the man when he rushed toward the stage at Bilgi University, where Dominique Strauss-Kahn had been giving a lecture.

Other demonstrators unfurled a banner and chanted “go away IMF, you’re stealing money,” said Gillian Morris, a CNN intern who attended the session and witnessed the incident. Turkish security officers dragged the protesters out of the assembly hall.

Strauss-Kahn, who joked about the incident afterward, was not hit.

The head of the International Monetary Fund is visiting Istanbul ahead of a World Bank/IMF conference scheduled for next week.

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