Tehran Fountains Turn Red in Wake of Mahsa Amini Protests

Public fountains of the Iranian capital were coloured red on Friday (October 7), as artists used the public spaces to draw attention to the protests that erupted following the death of Mahsa Amini.

The fountains appear to be located in Student Park, Fatemi Square and Artists’ Park of central Tehran.

Reuters was able to verify the location of the videos from the buildings surrounding the fountains, as well as sculptures and other peripheral structures in or close to the fountains that are seen in the video. They matched file imagery of the area. Reuters was not able to independently verify the date it was filmed.

The death of 22-year-old Amini while in police custody has ignited three weeks of nationwide unrest marking the biggest challenge to Iran‘s clerical leaders in years.

During the nationwide protests demonstrators have damaged symbols of the Islamic Republic and called for the downfall of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Rights groups say more than 150 people have been killed, hundreds have been injured and thousands arrested in a crackdown by security forces.

The government has described the protests as a plot by Iran‘s enemies including the United States, accusing armed dissidents – among others – of violence in which at least 20 members of the security forces have been reported killed.

(Production: Milan Pavicic, Sophia Wang, Reuters and KL./)

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