An Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at former U.S. President George W. Bush for occupation and torture was arrested by security forces in Baghdad on Thursday for encouraging people to rally for better services.
Little-known Shi'ite reporter Zaidi, said to have harboured anger against Bush for the thousands of Iraqis who died after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, shot to fame in 2008 when he called Bush a "dog" in Arabic and threw his shoes at him during a news conference in Iraq.
Throwing shoes at someone is one of the worst insults in the Arab world.
A relative of Muntazer al-Zaidi said the reporter was detained in the northern Adhamiya district whilst voicing his support for a mass demonstration expected to be held on Friday.
Iraqis have been protesting for weeks against shortages of food, power and jobs, and against corruption as anti-government demonstration sweep across the Arab world.
"Security forces in Adhamiya district arrested Muntazer Zaidi and his brother Durgam. We don't know where they took them," Hashim al-Iraqi, a relative of Zaidi, told Reuters.
A security source confirmed Zaidi had been detained for "inciting people" to take part in protests.
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