Iranian governor slapped in the face during public speech

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The new governor of East Azerbaijan province, Zinolabedin Khorram, was giving a speech at the Imam Khomeini Mosque in the northeastern city of Tabriz when the incident took place.

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A video posted online by Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency shows a man calmly approaching Khurram, slapping and then pushing him. The security guards can then be seen running towards the criminal and dragging him off the stage.

It was a rare breach of security in Iran – the event was attended by representatives of the country’s interior minister, Ayatollah Khamenei’s office, and other state officials.


The semi-official news agency Tasneem has identified the perpetrator as Ayub Alizadeh, a member of the country’s armed forces.

In an interview with state television IRIB, the provincial governor said he did not know the perpetrator personally.

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The motive of the attack is not clear. The IRIB said in its report that according to Khorram, the perpetrator told police after he was arrested that he slapped him because he was upset that a man had vaccinated his wife at a Covid-19 vaccine clinic instead of a woman. Imposed.

Another report said the attack was not political. Asked about the incident in parliament on Saturday, Ali Alizadeh, a representative from Maragheh in East Azerbaijan province, said, “Certainly, this person’s motive was personal and it had nothing to do with the governor’s appointment or even his words.” Had nothing to do with it.”


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