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Artist Dyes Tehran Fountains Blood Red in Protest of Government Violence

A fountain with red dyed water in Tehran.
Artist Dyes Tehran Fountains Blood Red in Protest of Regime Violence. Credit: Twitter / 1500Tasvir_en

An unknown artist dyed Tehran’s water fountains blood red in protest of the government’s violence against demonstrators campaigning for the rights of women in Iran.

Images of the intervention at the water fountains in Danjesho Park, Fatemi Square, and Iranian artist forum, were shared on Twitter by user 1500tasvir_en, captioning the action as “Tehran sinking in blood.”

Anti-government demonstrations, which broke out after the death of twenty-two-year-old Mahsa Amini upon detention by morality police, are entering their fourth week.

According to activists, more than 150 protesters have been killed by Iranian authorities since the massive wave of demonstrations began on September 17th.

Videos of revolts and unrest from across Iran have been circulating online despite internet bans imposed by the government.

On Saturday alone, at least three people were shot dead when protesters clashed with security forces, the BBC reports.

The Twitter account that posted the images of the red-dyed fountains in Tehran has also shared videos of students and schools allegedly attacked by Islamic Republic forces, claiming that the same thing happens across the country and calling on UNICEF to respond to the situation.

Shops in several cities of Iran went on strike on Saturday in support of protesters, including at Tehran’s bazaar, but the semi-state owned ISNA news agency downplayed the protests and said traders had shut their shops for fear of damage caused by the unrest, according to AlJazeera.

Persian news channel Iran International English said demonstrations were taking place in Esfahan, Shiraz, Tabriz, Rasht, Mashhad, Sanandaj, Kerman, Hamedan, and other cities on Saturday.

According to Iran International English, these protests are an indication of a new strategy by activists in Iran, as instead of sporadic demonstrations every day, which are easier to control for the government, weekly protests appear to be more effective, “showing government’s inability to suppress protesters when crowds are larger and appear simultaneously in many cities and locations.”

The channel says it is facing legal complaints itself for its coverage of protests that “invited riots.”

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