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This Photo Does Not Depict a Hair Flag From Protests in Iran

Hind Khoudary Hind Khoudary
Spirituality & Religion
14th October 2022
This Photo Does Not Depict a Hair Flag From Protests in Iran
Edith Dekyndt's 2014 illustration (Twitter)

The Claim

A photo from the Mahsa Amini protests in Iran depicts a flag made of the chopped hair of Iranian women.

Emerging story

Since September 2022, a photo that purports to show chopped hair flown during Mahsa Amini's protests has been making the rounds online.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the viral photo and found the claim to be misleading.

After conducting a thorough reverse image search, Misbar discovered that the photo making the rounds is unrelated to the protests in Iran.

Artwork by Edith Dekyndt

The circulating photo is from 2014. This artwork was created by the Belgian artist Edith Dekyndt.

The photo portrays the 1830s discovery of a ship carrying one hundred African slaves off the coast of French Martinique's Diamant coast.

The flag illustration was released in the Ombre Indigène catalog in 2014.

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The illustration has been misattributed to the current protests in Iran.

Iran Since Mahsa Amini's Death

The photo went viral following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. 

Amini died after being detained and brutalized by morality police for violating laws requiring women to cover their hair and body. 

After Amini's brutal murder, women marched with short hair, burned headscarves, and chanted anti-police slogans.

Hundreds of arrests, including many journalists, and violence against protesters, according to rights groups, have resulted from the protests, which have spread to more than 80 cities in Iran. 

Protests for Amini's justice were also held by women in many different countries around the world.

Misbar debunked numerous videos that were falsely linked to the Mahsa Amini incident.

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