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Iranian protester shouts into President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's face

Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was ambushed during a public motorcade tour by a woman and an elderly man angry at growing poverty – an incident that was caught on camera.

The leader was touring the streets in the southern city of Bandar Abbas when his car was mobbed by Iranians complaining about a lack of food and wages, according to a report in The Times of London newspaper, which operates an online paywall.

Footage of the ambush, which the paper said took place last week, was uploaded to YouTube Wednesday.

The video shows Ahmadinejad standing up through the sunroof of his motorcade waving to crowds when the elderly man approaches.

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The Times reported the man as saying “Ahmadinejad, I am hungry. They haven’t paid my money.”

A young woman is then seen climbing onto the car, waving her hands and shouting into his face.

The incident is rare in a country where dissent from the hardline leadership of Ahmadinejad and Islamic fundamentalists is not tolerated.

Sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States and other Western countries have led to high inflation and household poverty.

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