Ahmadinejad Plans Meeting With Occupy

And says Salman Rushdie should hide 'for his own safety'
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2012 3:25 PM CDT
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of United Nations meets with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012.   (AP Photo/David Karp)

(Newser) – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has a busy schedule on his current visit to New York for the UN General Assembly, including network interviews, meetings with students—and a sit-down with Occupy Wall Street, the Weekly Standard reports. An official Iranian news outlet reported the story, saying Iran's president will meet with the protesters "despite the ongoing efforts made by the pro-Zionist lobbies to prevent direct link between American people and the Iranian president." Also on his dance card: "artists, intellectuals and elites."

At the same time, Ahmadinejad suggested that the fatwa on Salman Rushdie's head is ongoing, the Telegraph reports. Asked about the British-Indian writer, Ahmadinejad said, "Where is he now? Is he in the United States? If he is, you shouldn't broadcast that for his own safety." Rushdie has called the bounty—now at $3.3 million—a result of the "outrage industry," and said it "was essentially one priest in Iran looking for a headline." (Read more Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stories.)

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