Is NZ unique in its disrespect for elected officials?

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We have so much freedom in New Zealand that our militant elements feel free to throw things at our elected officials. We are so tolerant in New Zealand that the people who throw things  at our elected officials get away with a slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket.  Perhaps this is why the the attacks are happening more frequently.

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Attacks in New Zealand have not been restricted to soft projectiles, such as dildos and mud.

Ann Tolley's office was hit by a Molotov cocktail attack overnight

Ann Tolley’s office was hit by a Molotov cocktail attack overnight

Molotov cocktails were thrown into Government minister Anne Tolley’s Whakatane office overnight and anti-TPPA graffiti was scrawled on a wall outside.

Police said Tolley’s office was under police guard following the attack, which comes at a time of high tensions over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

The attempted firebombing comes after vandals broke into Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee’s Christchurch office on Monday morning and poured fuel in a room before leaving.

-Stuff

So how do we compare with the rest of the world?  Is this appalling behaviour restricted to New Zealand?

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A Ukrainian MP was thrown into a wheelie bin and pelted with rubbish after being targeted by an angry mob.

Vitaly Zhuravsky, once a member of former President Viktor Yanukovich’s ruling party, was seized as he walked past crowds outside the parliament building in Kiev this morning.
Footage shows a group of men screaming abuse as they grab Zhuravsky and bundle him head first into the half full bin.

-dailymail.co.uk

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A school sandwich was thrown at Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard today for the second time this month – and this time it hit her.

The salami sandwich on white bread struck Miss Gillard on the arm when she visited a school in Canberra.

-dailymail.co.uk

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An anti-war protester hurled his shoes at Australia’s former Prime Minister John Howard. A similar shoe-throwing protest was aimed at former US President George Bush,  two years before in Baghdad. Also, the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh came under a shoe attack in Ahmedabad in 2009.

In this image from APTN video, a man throws a shoe at President George W. Bush during a news conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, in Baghdad. The man threw two shoes at Bush, one after another. Bush ducked both throws, and neither man was hit. (AP Photo/APTN)

In this image from APTN video, a man throws a shoe at President George W. Bush during a news conference with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, in Baghdad. The man threw two shoes at Bush, one after another. Bush ducked both throws, and neither man was hit. (AP Photo/APTN)

Petrol bombs thrown outside Greek minister’s house

Petrol bombs thrown outside Greek minister’s house

Petrol bombs were thrown outside the house of Greek State Minister Alekos Flabouraris, causing damage but no injuries.

A car which belonged to Flabouraris’ security team parked outside his house was burned and another was seriously damaged, the official said.

…Attacks against politicians, banks and business people are not uncommon in Greece, which has a long history of political violence. Attacks have escalated since 2010, when it first adopted unpopular austerity measures in exchange for multi-billion-euro bailouts by the European Union and the IMF.

-euronews.com

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Donald Trump had a tomato thrown at him.

Miliband egged in south London

Labour leader Ed Miliband, had an egg thrown at him.

The Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi had his nose broken and two teeth knocked out in December 2009, after a protester threw a heavy object at him, and spent the night in hospital.

It is clear that New Zealand is not unique in its disrespect for our elected officials. What is of concern though, is that we have had extreme events like those in Greece. There is a big difference between throwing a soft rubber dildo and throwing Molotov cocktails and petrol bombs.

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