- Iranian Governor slapped in the face during a public speech
- A video released by Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency shows a man calmly approaching Khorram, smacking him across the face, and then shoving him.
According to reports, a man walked onto the stage on Saturday and slapped a newly appointed Iranian governor in the face, causing the event to be severely disrupted.
At the time of the incident, Zeinolabedin Khorram, the new governor of the East Azerbaijan region, was giving a speech on stage at the Imam Khomeini Mosque in Tabriz, Azerbaijan’s northeastern metropolis.
In a video released by Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency, a man approaches Khorram calmly, smacks him across the face, and then shoves him. Security guards can then be seen sprinting towards the perpetrator and dragging him away from the platform.
The event, which was attended by the country’s Interior Minister, representatives from Ayatollah Khamenei’s office, and other state officials, was a rare breach of security in Iran.
Ayoub Alizadeh, a member of the country’s armed forces, was identified as the perpetrator by the semi-official news agency Tasnim. The provincial governor told state-run television IRIB that he did not know the offender personally.
The motive for the attack is unknown. According to the IRIB report, the criminal assaulted Khorram after he was apprehended because he was enraged that a man, not a woman, had vaccinated his wife at a Covid-19 vaccine clinic.
According to a different report, the incident was not politically motivated. “Certainly, this person’s motive was personal, and it had nothing to do with the appointment of the governor or even his words,” Ali Alizadeh, a representative from Maragheh, a city in East Azerbaijan province, said when asked about the incident in parliament on Saturday.
Take a look at the video below.