Revolutionary Iranian kiss photo goes viral as a beautiful act of defiance against the regime

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

The photo shows a man and woman kissing on the street, surrounded by cars. Their faces are covered, but the woman is not wearing a headscarf – an even more overt act of defiance linked 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 editor-in-chief of The Foreign Desk, told Fox News Digital.

“This photo symbolizes so many aspects of the current revolution in Iran. A woman boldly defying hijab laws, a couple breaking strict sharia law that prohibits kissing in public, especially if they are unmarried, and brave in the middle of the traffic to make their message known to the world,” she explained.

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The protests began in mid-September after the country’s morality police arrested 22-year-old Mahsa Amini for not wearing her 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 defying several state laws, including requiring women to wear headscarves and possibly banning unmarried couples from kissing in public, in a unique act of defiance against the regime.
(The Foreign Desk)

The anti-hijab sentiment stood as a clear unifying symbol for the protesters with women taking off their hijabs and cutting their hair in the early days of the protests.

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“Iranian youth are incredibly energetic to let the world know they won’t back down,” said Daftari. “They fight for every freedom.”

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

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

The protests have now spread to more than 140 towns and cities and have lasted for more than two months. Iranian security forces have killed at least 326 protesters, according to the Norway-based Iran Human Rights NGO, and some groups estimate the total may be higher.

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The regime went one step further by issuing death sentences for alleged crimes committed during the protests.

People blocking an intersection in Iran as protesters marked a symbolic 40 days since 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in custody, unleashing the largest anti-government movement in more than a decade.

People blocking an intersection in Iran as protesters marked a symbolic 40 days since 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in custody, unleashing the largest anti-government movement in more than a decade.
(AP photo)

The first death sentence involved arson against government buildings during protests, and a Revolutionary court on Tuesday handed down a second death sentence for allegedly “terrorizing people in the street with a stabbing weapon, setting fire to a civilian’s motorcycle and assaulting a person with a knife,” according to the website of Justice Mizan Online.

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In addition, according to the New York Times, Iranian security forces have begun targeting teenagers and children at the protests. Officers allegedly locked a 14-year-old alongside adult prisoners and beat a 13-year-old plainclothes girl.

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