Tehran: A conservative Iranian news website
is reporting that a jobless man has thrown his shoes at
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to protest not having received
his unemployment benefits.
The report by Shafaf.ir is a rare example of the Iranian
media reporting a humiliation reportedly suffered by the
president. The website is close to Ahmadinejad`s opponents.
The website identifies the man as a laid-off worker in a
textile factory in the northern city of Sari, which the
president was visiting.
It says that the shoes missed Ahmadinejad, and the man
began to attack the government for his failure to receive his
Iran officially reports its unemployment rate at about 11
per cent, but some experts say it is much higher.