tudents at an anti-United States demonstration outside Iran's Isfahan uranium conversion facility
Iranian students, carrying anti-US placards and portraits of the Islamic republic's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, protest outside the Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility in support of Iran's nuclear program and against military threats by Israel on November 15, 2011. © AFP PHOTO/STR © - - AFP
tudents at an anti-United States demonstration outside Iran's Isfahan uranium conversion facility
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Last updated: February 10, 2013

Shoes and stones thrown at Iran's 1979 anniversary

Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani's revolution anniversary speech was disrupted by ‎Ahmadinejad supporters in the holy Shiite city of Qom.

Supporters of the president threw stones and shoes at Larijani nearly four minutes after he began his speech on the ‎‏34‏th anniversary of ‎‏the 1979‏‎ revolution.‎

He ended the speech and left his seat after the venue was stormed by Ahmadinejad backers, who were dressed in shroud.   ‎

Demonstrators raised posters reading, “long live the spring,” a slogan Ahmadinejad shouted at the end of his last appearance at the UN General Assembly in 2012.

An Iranian lawmaker reacted immediately to the event and said they have a video of meetings held by what he called supporters of the deviance line (some Ahmadinejad aides are described in this way by his conservative rivals), in which they were planning to riot during Larijani’s speech.

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