Iranian Prez’s speech marred by shouts from crowd

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s events are usually carefully controlled in Iran.

Updated: May 24, 2010, 16:06 PM IST

Khorramshahr: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s speech in a southern port town has been marred by shouts from disenchanted Iranians demanding jobs.

Ahmadinejad today addressed hundreds gathered in Khorramshahr, about 1000 kilometres miles southwest of Tehran when scores from the crowd interrupted his speech with shouts: "We are unemployed."

The rare protest is unusual in Iran, where Ahmadinejad`s public events are carefully controlled. But public discontent has been rising over Iran`s deteriorating economy.
Iran is wrestling with 25 percent unemployment and rising inflation. It also faces possible new UN sanctions over its controversial nuclear programme that the West fears is geared toward making atomic weapons. Tehran denies the charge.

PTI