The release of the man who threw his shoes at former President George W. Bush was postponed until Tuesday because of delays in processing his paperwork.
Muntadhar al-Zeidi's family gathered for more than five hours outside of an Iraqi army base in central Baghdad Monday awaiting his release. When they learned of the delay, they vowed to stage a sit-in until the Iraqi journalist was freed.
"We will set up a tent right here on this spot where we will stage a sit-in and we will cut off the road too until they release him," said al-Zeidi's brother Uday.
Al-Zeidi was sentenced after throwing his shoes in an act of disrespectful protest at former President George W. Bush last December at a Baghdad news conference.
Though President Bush was unharmed by the incident, al-Zeidi became an instant hero in the Arab and Muslim worlds as he shouted his protests.
"This is your farewell kiss, you dog!" al-Zeidi shouted at Bush. "This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq."
In the Muslim culture, even showing the soles of one's shoes to someone is a highly disrespectful act.