Following an allegedly botched and rigged presidential election in June, Ahmadinejad has suppressed protests at home while renewing his rhetoric about the Holocaust and, according to some, continuing efforts to develop nuclear weapons.
The Iranian president, as it turns out, will stay near the U.N. at InterContinental's Barclay, a fact that the hotel is not exactly advertising. The accommodations for the Iranians were first revealed by the protest group United Against Nuclear Iran, and sources have confirmed the account to ABC News.
The UANI has been unable to get the InterContinental to give Ahmadinejad the boot, but several other New York hotels that were planning on allowing Ahmadinejad to hold dinners abandoned the president after being targeted by the group.
The Helmsley Hotel and catering hall Gotham Hall both canceled receptions that Ahmadinejad planned on holding in New York.
"As soon as Helmsley corporate management learned of the possibility of either the Iranian mission or President Ahmadinejad holding a function at the New York Helmsley Hotel, they immediately ordered the cancellation of that function," said Helmsley spokesman Howard Rubenstein in a statement.
"Neither the Iranian mission nor President Ahmadinejad is welcome at any Helmsley facility. The Helmsley organization is grateful to United Against Nuclear Iran for bringing this matter to its attention so that appropriate action could be taken," he said.