[IN IMAGES] Iran: an artist turns the fountains blood red to illustrate the repression

[IN PICTURES] Iran: Artist turns fountains blood red to illustrate repression

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An anonymous artist colored Tehran's water fountains red on Friday in reference to the bloody crackdown on the three-week protests that erupted after the death of Mahsa Amini. < /p>

The 22-year-old Iranian Kurd died on September 16, three days after she was arrested in Tehran by the morality police for violating the strict dress code requiring women in particular to wear the veil in the Islamic Republic.

Anger over his death has sparked the largest protests in nearly three years in Iran. The crackdown left dozens dead, and hundreds arrested. 

Despite security forces using lethal weapons to crush them, protests continued for twenty consecutive days and nights, according to online videos authenticated by AFP.

The images of the blood-red fountains were shared online by the media 1500tasvir, which lists the violations. These fountains are located in the center of Tehran.

Activists described the red fountains on Twitter as a “work of art” dubbed “Tehran covered in blood” and said they were designed by an anonymous artist.

According to the Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR), at least 92 protesters have been killed in the crackdown, which has been accompanied by restrictions on internet access, including blockages Instagram and WhatsApp.

In a video posted online Thursday and authenticated by AFP, a group of women sing “death to the dictator” in Racht, in the north. Other images show women shouting “Azadi” (“freedom” in Persian) and clapping loudly as they march down a street in Quds, west of Tehran.

Amnesty International says it has confirmed 52 cases of people killed by security forces, but believes that “the real number is much higher”.

In a statement released there is a week, the NGO claims that Iran has deliberately used lethal force to suppress protests led by women.

Amnesty says it has obtained a document intended for commanders of the armed forces of all provinces issued on September 21, ordering them to “respond firmly” to the protesters.

Another document reveals that the commander of the province of Mazandéran ( north) asks law enforcement to “face without mercy” and “go as far as to kill” what is described as “any chaos caused by rioters”.