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Street Art, Protest, Activism, Performance, Social Change,Torture, Uprising

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On November 11, 2022, this street art protest performance was held on the US Capitol grounds in solidarity with the Women, Life, Freedom Movement in Iran. This uprising was sparked by the killing of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman, by morality police in Tehran on September 15, 2022. The performance serves as a poignant reminder of the atrocities faced by people of Iran for the last 43 years including Khodanoor, a 27-year-old man who was tortured with his hands tied to a pole in a public square in Zahedan. Despite being denied food and water where the heat was over 90 degrees, a cup of water was placed near him in a cruel irony. Khodanoor loved dancing therefore, a painting of him dancing is being displayed during the performance. Tragically, he was shot to death by the Islamic Republic of Iran forces along with 67 people for participating in a peaceful protest on September 30, 2022. The performance aims to raise awareness about the human rights violations and gross injustices take place in Iran since 1979. Photo credit, Ali Khalgh.