Mural backing Baha’i
A CLAREMONT lane’s wall has become a political statement after Baha’i faith members painted a mural highlighting how they are being kept from university in Iran.
“We believe education is a human rights issue for everyone,” Baha’i member and Claremont business owner Shaba Ebtasch-salekian said.
The council-approved mural is part of the international ‘Education is not a Crime’ campaign organised by the faith’s members.
Ms Ebtasch-salekian said she attended the underground university, which was created to fight the ban on Baha’i in tertiary education in 1983.
Ms Ebtasch-salekian arrived in Perth later in the 1980s and went to Edith Cowan and Curtin universities before graduating in family law.
Geraldton-based artist Phil Doncon led the 20strong team of volunteers to complete the mural in the St Quentin Avenue lane.
The mural will be the first to list the names of academics and students imprisoned for starting the underground classes, which were often held in homes.
Artist Phil Doncon with volunteers painting the mural on Tutti Frutti.
The complete mural.