TEHRAN, Iran – 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 Monday 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 benefits.
Iran officially reports its unemployment rate at about 11 percent, but some experts say it is much higher.