A rare video newly posted to YouTube shows Iranians shouting, climbing and banging on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's car, protesting harsh living conditions, during a tour of the southern city of Bandar-Abbas.
The clip which gives a rare view of the country, begins with an irate elderly man shouting at Ahmadinejad as he waves from an open-topped car at a crowd. Huffington Post reports the old man gestures angrily and shouts: "I am a pensioner. I am hungry." He bangs on the car bonnet and windscreen but Ahmadinejad steadfastly pretends not to notice him. He continues waving at the crowd with a big smile pasted on his face.
Supporters soon drown the man's protest as the car moves on slowly. But soon after, a veiled woman pushes through the crowd and flings herself at the car. She engages security in a brief scuffle and somehow manages to clamber up the car. Then she sits on top of the car facing Ahmadinejad who is still standing at the open roof. She talks to Ahmadinejad who nods as she speaks. We may presume she is lecturing him on the state of the economy and its effect on ordinary people. Then she climbs right over him and joins his entourage on the backseat!
Meanwhile, we see the older man being dragged away by police.
Economic sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States and the European Union to prevent Iran from pursuing its nuclear program is evidently affecting Iran's economy adversely and ordinary people are feeling the pressure. This is in spite of Ahmadinejad's recent boast that Iran can last up to three years with the sanctions on the country.