Comedian dressed as Gaddafi attacked

2011-08-22 07:53

Edinburgh – A British comedian says he was attacked with a bottle at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival while dressed as Muammar Gaddafi.

Jeff Mirza was handing out flyers on the street for his show, dressed as the embattled Libyan leader, when a man approached and asked for a cigarette.

Mirza said he shook his head and the man walked on, but when Mirza turned around he was hit on the back of the head with a bottle.

He was not seriously hurt.

Mirza is at the yearly festival with his show Jihad: Heresy or Hearsay.

The comedian said yesterday that most festival-goers had been welcoming.

He said “most people at the Fringe get the joke of me being dressed up as a washed-up dictator trying to sell the show”.

Police say they do not believe the attack was racially motivated.

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