FILE- In this April, 9, 2007, file photo Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaks at a ceremony in Iran's nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz, 300 kms 186 (miles) south of capital Tehran, Iran. Iran's denials that it is trying to develop nuclear weapons carry a distinctly hollow ring among its foes as the U.N. nuclear watchdog piles on worries: Complaining about limits on inspection access and reporting that Tehran is expanding its nuclear fuel labs. But, as Israel increasingly weighs the option of a military strike, Western leaders wary of another Middle East conflict may have to pay closer attention to the claims. (AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — Whenever Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in New York City, protesters stake out his hotel, and gather outside any building where he's scheduled to speak.
They want to make it clear he's not welcome, that they're against any attempts by Iran to gain nuclear weapons. They're critical of his government's treatment of the Iranian people and his anti-Israel stance.
Ahmadinejad is expected to arrive in New York City this weekend for the annual United Nations General Assembly, a trip he's made routinely in recent years. The world leader is scheduled to make a speech at the UN on Thursday.
Protests are planned at the UN and outside his hotel.