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Politician Punched in Face While Going to Work

World | Associated Press | March 15, 2019, 11:12 am
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 A New Zealand government minister said he was punched in the face Thursday while walking to work in an attack that's rare in a country where politicians often mingle with the public in stores, bars and sports arenas. (Image: AP)

A New Zealand government minister said he was punched in the face Thursday while walking to work in an attack that's rare in a country where politicians often mingle with the public in stores, bars and sports arenas. (Image: AP)

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 James Shaw, the climate change minister and co-leader of the Green Party, was walking past Wellington's Botanic Garden when a man started talking to him before grabbing him and punching him several times, said Shaw's press secretary, Peter Stevens. (Image: AP)

James Shaw, the climate change minister and co-leader of the Green Party, was walking past Wellington's Botanic Garden when a man started talking to him before grabbing him and punching him several times, said Shaw's press secretary, Peter Stevens. (Image: AP)

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 Stevens said two people came along to help and the man jumped in a vehicle and drove away. Shaw suffered a black eye and grazes on his wrist, Stevens said. (Image: AP)

Stevens said two people came along to help and the man jumped in a vehicle and drove away. Shaw suffered a black eye and grazes on his wrist, Stevens said. (Image: AP)

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 James Shaw addresses a student protest on climate change outside parliament in Wellington, New Zealand. (Image: AP)

James Shaw addresses a student protest on climate change outside parliament in Wellington, New Zealand. (Image: AP)

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 New Zealand's Climate Change Minister James Shaw addresses a student protest on climate change outside parliament in Wellington, New Zealand. (Image: AP)

New Zealand's Climate Change Minister James Shaw addresses a student protest on climate change outside parliament in Wellington, New Zealand. (Image: AP)

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