(Source: The Telegraph)

The remarkable show of civil disobedience occurred during what was intended as a routine tour last week of the southern city Bandar Abbas.

As the president waves to crowds, standing in the car’s sunroof, an elderly man is shown holding on to the front hand side of the car shouting “I’m hungry, I’m hungry”.

Panicked bodyguards eventually manage to usher him away but as their backs are turned a young veiled woman leaps onto the bonnet and then sits on the car’s roof, gesticulating as she makes her point to Mr Ahmadinejad.

He appears to gesture to her to move on and she clambers off the back of the car.

The three-minute video, which was uploaded onto YouTube and was apparently shot on a mobile phone, offers a rare glimpse of the simmering dissent in Iran at rising prices and a worsening economic situation.

Dissent was ruthlessly crushed in 2009 after Mr Ahmadinejad won a disputed election and despite reports of continued despair little photographic evidence of opposition to his rule has emerged since.

It may provide some encouragement to Western leaders that tough sanctions designed to force Tehran to scale down its nuclear ambitions are beginning to work.

Talks between Iran and the so-called “P5 + 1” of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany were held last weekend. They were described as “positive” by both sides.

Mr Ahmadinejad, who is in his final term as president, has taken most of the blame for the country’s economic plight, losing ground in a power struggle with Ayatollah Ali Khameni, the Supreme Leader, and his allies.

(Source: The Telegraph)


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