Written by Staff Writer by Leila Sayed, CNN Tehran
A governor in Iran was reportedly slapped in the face while delivering a public speech on Sunday.
Mahmoud Sadegholm told Iranian media that he was slapped by a man he had approached after giving a speech at a mosque in the western province of Khuzestan.
“A man lunged at me and slapped me in the face with one hand and shouted, ‘Fatty!’ with the other. He was a man in his 70s. He was about 3 meters (9 feet) tall and very hard,” he told the Iranian news website Kaleme.
Videos posted on social media suggest that Sadegholm was rushed to hospital in Isfahan. There is no official confirmation of the incident.
Iran has been on a security crackdown ahead of a nationwide vote on Friday. In the past four years, more than a dozen protesters have been arrested and charged over social media posts since a widespread anti-government rally on December 30, 2017, that saw several people killed.