With 120 leaders in New York City for The United Nations General Assembly this week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s arrival has caused a stir. The controversial leader, known for publicly denouncing the United States and Israel as well as his denial of the holocaust, made his last speech at the U.N. General Assembly earlier today.
Protesters of Ahmadinejad’s presence first gathered on Tuesday outside of the Warwick hotel in Manhattan, where the Iranian President was staying, expressing disapproval for his leadership and the progress of the Iranian nuclear program.
Protesters again gathered earlier today, this time outside of the U.N., in the hours before Ahmadinejad’s address with signs demonstrating solidarity against both the Iranian leader and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In his speech before the U.N. on Tuesday, President Obama accused Iran of propping up al-Assad’s regime.
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