COPENHAGEN (Reuters) Dec. 2006- A Danish art group that pokes fun at world leaders targeted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday by placing an advertisement in a Tehran newspaper with an insulting hidden message.
Beneath a picture of the president, a series of apparently sympathetic statements were arranged as:
Support his fight against Bush
We are also tired of Bush
Iran has the right to produce nuclear energy
No US aggression against any country
Evil US military stay home
However, the first letters of each phrase, when read from top to bottom, spell out “S-W-I-N-E”.
The English-language Tehran Times, the conservative daily that printed the half-page advert, had apparently not detected the hidden message.
“We did it to cause a reaction,” said Jan Egesborg, who teaches at the Danish School of Fine Arts. “There is a young population there which wants more liberalisation. Hopefully they will be inspired,” he said. “It’s nothing against the country or the people, it’s against the person in power.”