Photo of Iran’s revolutionary kiss goes viral as beautiful act of defiance against regime

A photo of a couple in Iran kissing in the street has gone viral as a unique and beautiful act of defiance as the government ramps up its crackdown on protests nationwide.

The photo shows a man and a woman kissing in the street, surrounded by cars. Their faces are obscured, but the woman is not wearing a veil – an even more overt act of defiance that refers to the alleged crime that sparked the protests in the first place.

“There’s a reason this photo has gone viral on social media,” Lisa Daftari, Middle East expert and managing editor of The Foreign Desk, told Fox News Digital.

“This photo symbolizes so many aspects of the current revolution in Iran. A woman who is bravely defying the hijab laws, a couple who are breaking the strict Sharia law which prohibits kissing in public, particularly if they are not married, and bravely standing in the middle of traffic to get their message out to the world,” he explained.

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The protests began in mid-September after the country’s morality police arrested Mahsa Amini, 22, for not wearing the hijab properly. Police rushed her to hospital an hour later with what appeared to be injuries sustained from a beating, and she died a few days later.

A couple in Iran are openly challenging several state laws, including requiring women to wear headscarves and potentially banning unmarried couples from kissing in public, in a single act of defiance against the regime.
(The foreign bank)

Anti-hijab sentiment was a clear unifying symbol for protesters with women taking off their hijabs and getting their hair cut in the early days of the protests.

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“The Iranian youth are incredibly excited to let the world know that they are not going to back down,” Daftari said. “They are fighting for every freedom.”

Protesters gather outside the White House to protest the Iranian regime, in Washington on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022.

Protesters gather outside the White House to protest the Iranian regime, in Washington on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022.
(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The protests have now spread to over 140 towns and cities and have lasted for over two months. Iranian security forces have killed at least 326 protesters, according to Iran’s Norwegian human rights NGO, with some groups estimating the total could be higher.

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The regime took the crackdown a step further by handing down death sentences for alleged crimes committed during the protests.

People blocking an intersection in Iran as protesters mark the symbolic 40 days since Mahsa Amini, 22, died in custody and started the biggest anti-government movement in a decade.

People blocking an intersection in Iran as protesters mark the symbolic 40 days since Mahsa Amini, 22, died in custody and started the biggest anti-government movement in a decade.
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The first death sentence involved arson committed against government buildings during protests, and on Tuesday a Revolutionary Court handed down a second death sentence for allegedly “terrorizing people on the street using a bladed weapon, setting fire to a citizen’s motorcycle and attacking a person with a knife,” according to the judiciary website Mizan Online.

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Also, according to the New York Times, Iranian security forces have begun targeting teenagers and children during the protests. Officers allegedly detained a 14-year-old boy alongside adult prisoners and beat a 13-year-old girl while she was in plain clothes.

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