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Shoe thrower targets IMF chief in Istanbul

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  • Man throws shoe at head of IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, at Istanbul lecture
  • Other protesters unfurled banner, chanted "Go away IMF, you're stealing money"
  • Protesters were dragged out of lecture theater at Bilgi University by security staff
  • Shoe missed Strauss-Kahn, in Istanbul to attend World Bank/IMF conference
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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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