Mu­ral back­ing Baha’i

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion -

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.

Ritchie Pic­ture: An­drew­mu­ni­ d482358

Artist Phil Don­con with vol­un­teers paint­ing the mu­ral on Tutti Frutti.

The com­plete mu­ral.

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