‘Eat your flowers or get deported’: Abuse of Iran’s street vendor kids sparks outrage

A video showing two young boys being mistreated by a municipal worker has caused an uproar in Iran. The image is shocking: the man filming asks the boys to eat the flowers that they were selling in the street – or face deportation.

The 40-second video first appeared on social media in Iran on January 12. It has been spread on the popular messaging app Telegram as well as on Facebook and Twitter. The video shows the younger boy crying as the man behind the camera shouts: “Eat it all, hurry up, all of it! The stem too. Eat it, otherwise I will send you to the camp.” The other boy asks, “Can I not eat the plastic wrap?” The man answers, “No, you have to eat it all”