Iranian governor slapped in the face during public speech

Zeinolabedin Khorram, the new governor of the province of East Azerbaijan, was on stage to deliver a speech at the Imam Khomeini mosque in the northeastern city of Tabriz when the incident occurred.

A video posted online by Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency shows a man walking calmly towards Khorram, slapping him in the face and then pushing him aside. Security guards can then be seen running towards the offender and removing him from the scene.

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

The semi-official Tasnim news agency identified the offender as Ayoub Alizadeh, a member of the country’s armed forces.

In an interview with public television IRIB, the governor of the province said he did not know the offender personally.

The motive for the attack is unclear. According to Khorram, the offender told police after his arrest that he slapped him because he was upset that a man vaccinated his wife at a Covid-19 vaccination clinic, rather than a woman , said the IRIB in its report.

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

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