Published December 19, 2011
SARI, Iran – A fired factory worker who threw his shoes at the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a visit to the northern city of Sari, has been arrested, the Mehr news agency reported Monday.
The man conducted the shoe-throwing attack as Ahmadinejad delivered a speech. The shoes missed the president and struck a banner set up behind him, according to the report.
The attacker was reportedly a textile worker who had lost his job.
Throwing shoes at a person is a major insult in the Muslim world. In 2008, an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at then-US President George W. Bush during a news conference.