Albright hit by egg in Czech student protest

BRNO, Czech Republic, Mar 6, 2000 -- (AFP) US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was hit by an egg thrown by two students Monday after a ceremony to honor the founding father of her Czechoslovak homeland, a US official said.

Two secret service agents took the initial force of two eggs, while Albright was splashed slightly on the back of her dress in the incident in Brno, Czech Republic, said a State Department spokesman.

"The two pranksters were apprehended. The secretary was not hit seriously and continued with her duties," said the spokesman, Philip Reeker, adding that it was not immediately clear why they threw the eggs.

The incident occurred as she came out of a university lecture hall where she had given an address on Tomas Masaryk, Czechoslovakia's first president, the 150th anniversary of whose birth is being celebrated this week.

Albright had gone over the shake hands and chat with students as she left the Masaryk University.

Albright, who flew from Prague early Monday to spend the day in Brno, quipped after the incident: "We got up too early for breakfast, so these are our eggs," said Reeker.

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