Cartoon by Mana Neyestani.

Iran believes statues being stolen for religious reasons

RELIGIOUS motives appear to be behind the theft of 11 bronze statues of Iranian national heroes from the capital's public parks, a Tehran official has said.

In a string of thefts that started in late March, unknown culprits have used heavy equipment to rip the statues from their pedestals and then carted them off. The thievery has prompted city officials to postpone erecting new statues.

Tehran city council official Morteza Talaei said the thieves appear to be from a "specific group" and are acting out of religious convictions. "It appears that currents and groups that see these statues as contrary to their religious and cultural beliefs are involved," Mr Talaei was quoted as saying.

The statues all depict prominent Iranians, which could contradict a strict interpretation of Islam that bans the depiction of human form in art.

05/05/2010 - 23:59


Such a bizarre but real portray

by Kooshan on

Hehe...! This cartoon kinda made me feel a truly sadistic behavior and logic some may have!


Just A Thought

by Demo on

“Statues”, “Pictures”, “Icons”, “Drawings”, “Paintings”. “Symbols” are all but “Images” of “idols.” or “Sanams” in Farsi If any religious belief condemns “idol worshipping’ it can not differentiate among them. Statues & pictures are both the same for instance. Such requires the group to immediately get busy removing/stealing all the pictures/images of Khomeini and Khamenie from every square & from the above people’s heads everywhere!!!

Ari Siletz


by Ari Siletz on

Iranians will start buying statues of Ferdowsi and installing them in their gardens and rooftops. Taxi decorations, graffiti decals,   T-shirts, bookmarks, furniture styles, tea cups. Change shop names to Ferdowsi. Publish poetry in Shahnmaneh style. Name children after Shahnameh characters. Haftsin table statuettes, from now on. In a cultural civil war there's no question who'll come out the winner. 


Good one

by SamSamIIII on


to go perfectly with great poem posted by Capt_A


Path of Kiaan Resurrection of True Iran Hoisting Drafshe Kaviaan // //


کجایی فردوسی


ز شیر شتر خوردن و سوسمار         عرب را به جایی رسیدست کار که تاج کیانی کند آرزو                        تفو بر تو ای چرخ گردون تفو 





He said it so appropriately

by capt_ayhab on

چو ضحاک شد بر جهان شهریار

برو سالیان انجمن شد هزار

سراسر زمانه بدو گشت باز

برآمد برین روزگار دراز

نهان گشت کردار فرزانگان

پراگنده شد کام دیوانگان

هنر خوار شد جادویی ارجمند

نهان راستی آشکارا گزند

شده بر بدی دست دیوان دراز

به نیکی نرفتی سخن جز به راز

دو پاکیزه از خانهٔ جمشید

برون آوریدند لرزان چو بید

که جمشید را هر دو دختر بدند

سر بانوان را چو افسر بدند

ز پوشیده‌رویان یکی شهرناز

دگر پاکدامن به نام ارنواز

به ایوان ضحاک بردندشان

بران اژدهافشن سپردندشان

بپروردشان از ره جادویی

بیاموختشان کژی و بدخویی

ندانست جز کژی آموختن

جز از کشتن و غارت و سوختن

Great work.




by Cost-of-Progress on

The stealing of statues by the regime thugs is appalling, but no one would dare speak out nor anyone would care as it is more important to promote the religion of peace and push for that never reaching Islamic Eutopia. Meanwhile, Iran, her resources, her people and her national identity is eroding away.






IRR has run out of ideas

by Mehrban on


First it was in the name of the poor.  (a Sham)

Then it was the war with Iraq.  (Disaster)

Then it was the promise of Khatami and Reform.  (Didn't pan out)

Then it was the promise of Ahamdi Nejad and cleaning of corruption.  (Never happened)

Now they have to steal statues :-).  Will see about this one (jury is still not out or is it?)   



by benross on

IRI is becoming incoherent. Similar to the end of 2nd Pahlavi period. They don't know what to do anymore.

Anonymous Observer


by Anonymous Observer on

Thank you!!!!!!

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Absolutely brilliant. Exposing thugs in the most imaginative way.


Desperate Acts ...

by R2-D2 on

By Desperate People :)

Such acts just escalate and increase the hatred and disgust of the freedom-loving Iranian people towards these backward agents of this Arab-rooted culture!

The culprits show their imbecile character by such moronic actions - All these Islamists are doing is digging themselves a deeper grave!

The day of reckoning will indeed come .. It always does!



Darius Kadivar

Another Brilliant Cartoon !

by Darius Kadivar on

Bravo !