The 1st International Wall Street Downfall Cartoon Festival, showcasing caricatures from different countries in the capital city of Tehran, has drawn to a close.The winning entry depicts three religious Jews praying in front of a representation of the Western Wall in Jerusalem labeled "New York Wall Street."
Some 99 caricatures from over 45 countries reached the final stage of the festival organized by Iran’s Fars news agency to support the Occupy Wall Street movement in the United States.
The event that opened recently in Tehran wrapped up on Monday July 9, with Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyed Mohammad Hosseini and senior lawmaker Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel awarding the winners.
Ten cartoonists from Iran and other countries, including Ukraine, Mexico, Russia and Turkey, were awarded during the closing ceremony.
The organizers of the festival selected 99 works from over 1500 works of cartoonists, portraying an end to capitalism and financial inequalities in America’s social middle class and the so-called ’99-percenters.’
The festival was held in solidarity with the movement to take their message out to the world, organizers said, adding that the best way to portray the ‘Occupy’ movement was through art, particularly cartoons and satirical works.
The Occupy Wall Street movement began when a group of demonstrators gathered in New York's financial district on September 17, 2011 to protest against corruption, the unjust distribution of wealth in the country, and the excessive influence of big corporations on US policies.
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