IRAN

Artists trade acid for roses in support of Iranian women

In the past few weeks, four women have been the victims of acid attacks in Ispahan, a town in the centre of Iran. Each time, these attacks have been carried out by helmeted men on motorcycles. A group of artists decided to accost women in the same way except, this time, instead of acid, they stopped them to give them roses.

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Over the past few weeks, four women have been targeted by acid attacks in Ispahan, a town in the centre of Iran. Each time, the attacks were carried out by helmeted men on motorcycles. A group of artists has decided to accost women in much the same way ; except, this time, to give them roses…

 

"Inhuman, illegal, violent and against Islam" is how the second-in-command in the Iranian judiciary described the recent acid attacks.

Terror swept the town and a rumour also circulated that the women had been attacked because their veils did not cover them enough. While this has not been confirmed; some local women have started wearing more conservative veils out of fear.

 

It’s in this context that these Tehran-based artists filmed this video. The group, wearing helmets and riding two to a motorcycle, circled the town, handing out roses to passersby. While no attacks have been reported in the Iranian capital, many of the women seemed afraid as the strangers approached and some even refused the flowers. Others, however, accepted them.

The men shown in this video are associated with an anonymous Facebook page called Mr Killuminati, which is described as an artists' page. Photos of graffiti, much of it subversive, are often posted on this site.