Protesters Let Warwick Hotel Have It For Choosing To Host Ahmadinejad

CBS 2 Gets Camera Inside; Room Rates Said To Be Down $200 This Week

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In the days leading up to his latest rant at the United Nations, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad laid his head at night at the Warwick Hotel on West 54th Street. Security, as you might imagine, is incredibly tight, but CBS 2 got a camera inside.

As Tony Aiello reports, CBS 2’s camera went through the X-ray machine the Secret Service set up outside the Warwick, where an entourage of Iranians could be seen milling around all day eating lunches provided by a local kebab joint.

All of them were protected by an NYPD SWAT team and snipers up on a rooftop.

Aiello got in to the Warwick with a key provided by activists who brazenly wore anti-Ahmadinejad T-shirts in the lobby.

They set up on the 11th floor, seven stories below where the Iranian leader was staying.

“You know we’ve had some of his entourage ask us questions, see where we’re going,” said Nathan Carleton of the group United Against Nuclear Iran.

The group is outraged the Warwick rented rooms to Ahmadinejad, providing a home base for his visit to the UN, where he made a predictable rant against the U.S. and Israel on Thursday.

“They threaten anyone who questions the Holocaust and September 11th with sanctions and military action,” Ahmadinejad said to the surprise of no one.

Protesters made their point outside, saying the Warwick should have joined others that refused to rent rooms to a man who tramples civil rights in Iran and works for the destruction of Israel.

“I just want to thank the Warwick for a wonderful stay, really great service…” one protester, dressed like Ahmadinejad, mocked.

“I think that it’s obvious that a lot of hotels did not want to host him. Maybe they don’t support him. Maybe they don’t want his money. Maybe they don’t want to deal with this mess that he’s caused at the Warwick,” Carleton said.

Even some local residents raised an eyebrow over the Warwick’s decision.

“It’s a terrible, terrible thing for this hotel to sponsor this criminal in New York City,” Upper East Side resident Jay Rothschild told Aiello.

The Warwick responded with a statement, saying: “We are ready to cater to the needs of UN delegates and other representatives in support of this official event.”

The anti-Ahmadinejad group hopes the Warwick pays a price for playing host, and they noted rooms that were going for $600 a night last week, were going for $400 a night this week.

Do you think the Warwick Hotel made a bad decision? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • roneida

    The entire U N is a joke and a waste of time. There are about 15 to 20 countries on earth that really matter and foot the bills for all the rest. Giving some 2000 year old country that has not yet been able to provide safe drinking water and sanitation to the inhabitants equal footing with USA< Canada Great Britain etc is an insult to the free world. Send them all home to beg from each other.

  • Robert Wright

    The UN can only exist – if all world leaders – regardless of their politics or cruelties to humanity – are allowed to attend this sort of conference there.

    You people are ignorant – or so insanely Zionistic that you ignore the importance of the UN forum.

    And I love that Palestine DARES to request the UN to admit them, even in an elevated observor state and it is an international crises.

    The only crises is to Obama’s second term and the status quo of the US being Israel’s defense attorney.


    • Kurt Van Luven

      That is what EMBASSIES are for! How many times must Israel be attacked? The goal of the global Jihadists is a worldwide Caliphate. By the way, the territory was administered by Jordan for 26 years. I did not see them offer statehood. Look how many Arabs are in the Knesset. How many Jews in the Palestinian Authority?
      A side note Persia changed their name to Iran which is Farsi for Aryan! They are in league with White Supremacists Do you favor a seat in the U.N. for the K.K.K.?
      Who is the Moron?!

      • Zissa Ramani

        Iran has written in there Constitution protections for the Jews living there and the Jews of Iran do not want to leave Iran they love Iran why?

        Iranians are Semitic peoples read what Semitic means.

        David Duke lost his white hat to the Zionist white people after all the Zionist are not Semitic they are convert whites..

        • sk

          what are you talking about? jews had a good life in iran when they were under the SHAh of Iran. in 1979 many jews fled out of fear of the present take over. afterwards mnay jews were not allowed to leave iran. Iranian leadership is not protecting any jews right now no matter what the constitution says!

  • Barry Oringer

    He’s a detestable tyrant. Protest him and his regime, for sure…he deserves to sleep in the street. Punish the Warwick? I don’t know. For one thing it takes the focus off the principal villain and puts it on a marginal party. For another, it weakens our argument against the pernicious boycotts of Israel. Yes, we’re the good guys and they’re not, but I don’t know if hotel people should be charged with making these distinctions. Our message should be, we’re freedom loving people here, do your dirty little rant, go home, shut the door on your way out.


    Send this a-hole back to Tehran!

    • Zissa Ramani

      I think all whites should return back to there own land they stole from us.

  • Jay Rothschild

    I guess this hotels relatives was not put in jail by the tyrant. I guess this hotel has no connection to Israel who has been threatened to be annihilated. I guess this hotel has not had family who was murdered in the holocaust who Achmidinadshad claims never happened.I guess this hotel is not fearful that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon. I guess this hotel is not fearful that this hotel has sent out terrorists agents here in the USA. If WWII has taught us is if you don’t stand up to tyrants some day they will cause much destruction and then you will be sorry. but then it will be to late.

    • LIC Guy

      A hotel is a building, it has no family, no relatives, it has no fear or any other emotions it is simply a concrete building. Oh and it would be “were not put in jail, not was”.

  • silent majority

    if we’re lucky, the satellite that’s falling to earth (and allegedly will be breaking into 26 pieces) will have a piece fall on mr “i’madinnerjacket”. freedom of speech shouldn’t be extended to terrorists, and that should extend to the domestic terrorists – the westboro (kansas) baptist church.

  • Linda

    A Hotel is in the business of making money, not friends. People should protest at the UN meetings and partition for Iran to be expelled if they want to be heard.

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