Revolutionary Iran kiss photo goes viral as beautiful act of defiance against regime

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

The photo depicts a man and woman kissing in the street, surrounded by cars. Their faces are obscured, but the woman is wearing no headscarf – an even more open act of defiance that relates to the alleged crime that sparked the protests in the first place.

“There’s a reason why 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 who is boldly defying hijab laws, a couple breaking strict Sharia law which forbids kissing in public, particularly if they are unmarried, and bravely standing in the middle of traffic to make their message known to the world,” she explained.

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The protests started in mid-September after the country’s morality police arrested 22-year-old Mahsa Amini for not properly wearing her hijab. The 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 openly defies several state laws, including the requirement for women to wear headscarves and potentially a ban on unwed couples kissing in public, in a unique act of defiance against the regime.
(The Foreign Desk)

The anti-hijab sentiment has stood as a clear unifying symbol for the protesters with women removing their hijab and cutting their hair in the first days of the protests.

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

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

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

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The regime took their crackdown a step further by handing out 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 and ignited the biggest anti-government movement in over a decade.
(AP Photo)

The first death sentence was related to arson committed against government buildings during protests, and a Revolutionary court handed down a second death sentence on Tuesday for allegedly “terrorizing people in the street using a bladed weapon, setting fire to the motorcycle of a citizen and attacking a person with a knife,” according to the judiciary’s website Mizan Online.

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Additionally, Iranian security forces have started targeting teenagers and children at the protests, according to the New York Times. Officers have allegedly incarcerated a 14-year-old alongside adult prisoners and beaten a 13-year-old girl while in plain clothes.