An Iranian governor who described liberals as “worthless” was slapped in the face during a public speech on Tuesday. He was speaking to members of the National Security Council in an effort to defend the current government’s recent anti-corruption crackdown in an effort to clean up the country’s economy. But his remarks backfired when an unidentified man threw what appears to be a shoe at Governor Nimroz Ghotbi, who was in response telling the protesters that they were an “irrelevant group.”
Ghotbi’s remarks have sparked outrage in Iran and footage of the moment has gone viral. He continues by denying reports that the Iranian government recently banned citizens from wearing high heels during the current protests which have seen the majority of Iranians take to the streets in a bid to highlight what they see as the human rights abuses in the country.
Warning: The video contains explicit language.
What really happened to the 2 incredible Iranian governors during their speech yesterday? They were slapped by something that looked like a shoe. pic.twitter.com/07uZz2dxmm — Tahar Mitra (@taharmitra) November 27, 2018
The alleged shoe thrower, Hussein Gayanej, is reportedly close to Iran’s judiciary system and in an interview with Iranian news site Afar is quoted as saying that he will “seek revenge” and “continue the resistance” against the government which he called “culturally evil” and added that it supported corruption.
According to the Associated Press, Gayanej and a second man, allegedly called Karim Soleimani, were arrested and taken to an undisclosed location in an effort to prevent them from speaking to the media.
Ghotbi and Gayanej were reportedly on the point of being kicked off the council but appear to be recovering well. The Iranian parliament is currently attempting to boost the power of that council in the wake of a recent decision by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to reorganize and tighten the hand of the military and security forces on the country’s streets.
Ghotbi has in the past enjoyed unusually cordial relations with the leadership of the country, but since the beginning of the year, he has also faced repeated criticism from pro-reform lawmakers and intellectuals for his support of the government’s continued crackdown against protests throughout the country. He was also involved in a serious motorcycle crash earlier this year which left him hospitalized.
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