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On the theme of bravery…

Iranian activists protest acid attacks

This is a picture of an acid attack victim and her young daughter protesting the spate of recent acid attacks in Esfahan, Iran.

The woman in the glasses standing to her left and holding a sign is a prominent human rights lawyer named Nasrin Sotoudeh. She was released last year from prison after serving 3 years for, among other charges, spreading propaganda.

The guy to the right of the acid attack victim is a journalist and filmmaker named Mohamad Nourizad who used to be a pro-government conservative until the crackdown on the protests in Iran in 2009. He then wrote an open letter to the Supreme Leader of Iran urging the Supreme Leader to apologize to the nation for the government crackdown, after which, he too was promptly arrested.

The guy behind the victim, slightly to the left, holding a sign up in the air, is a student activist who was arrested during those 2009 protests. He spent a year in prison and received 74 lashes right before his release…for taking part in protests.