Tehran to host intl. cartoon contest on Trump

TEHRAN, Jun. 24 (MNA) – Iran’s capital Tehran will organize an international cartoon contest on US President Trump with participation of over 500 cartoonists from 75 countries across the world.

The contest dubbed "International Trumpism Cartoon and Caricature Contest" will open at Tehran's Art Bureau on July 3; the works will be then put on display in public places across the capital, Masud Shojai-Tabatabai, the secretary of the contest, told Mehr News on Friday.

According to him, 1614 works by 558 cartoonists from 75 countries have been submitted to the event; 168 cartoonists participating in the event are from Iran, and the rest from Far East, Indonesia, China, Japan to the US and European countries.

“Four of the best American cartoonists have submitted works to the event. When we held talks with them, we realized that the people in the US despise Donald Trump very much,” Shojai-Tabatabai said.

He went on to note that politics had a strong influence in bringing attention to the contest, adding “most of the submitted works are from Latin America; 55 cartoonists alone are from Brazil.”

“Trump is a metaphor for us, and we will look into a certain way of thinking in this contest that is based on hatred, sexism and racism,” he added.

The contest will be held on July 3, concurrent with the anniversary of the downing of Iran Air Flight 655 by USS Vincennes, leading to the loss of life of 290 innocent civilians. 

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