After a lifetime in his country, Tuka Niyestani son of the late poet Manuchehr Niystani left Iran for the following reasons:

 

I was getting tired of my criminal life. I used to teach graphics to some young men and women but that was not acceptable. I used to have live models but that was not acceptable. In my classes I was talking of things that were not accepted. Instead of the national TV, I was watching channels which were not acceptable. I was listening to the music which was not acceptable and kept and watched films which were not acceptable. Sometimes I secretly viewed facebook which was not acceptable and had load of photos of loveable and beautiful people on my computer which was not acceptable. I was talking to strangers in the parties and laughed loud which was not acceptable. I was happy when I was meant to be sad and sad when I was meant to be happy and that was not acceptable. I drank stuff which were not permitted and ate the food which was not allowed. My favourite books and writers were not acceptable and I had been working with newspapers and magazines which were not acceptable. I thought of things which were not allowed and had wishes which were not allowed.

True, I never were detained and punished for all and everything but the thought that I am constantly committing a crime and have to ran away from the law bothers me! ! !  

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