Iranian activists take social media by storm as they ‘harm Republic’

Iran protesters set fire to former Supreme Leader's house

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The activist group 1500tasvir focuses on technology and social media to protest against the Iranian Government. On Friday, Iran’s state media reported that it was a “lie” that protestors had managed to set fire to the ancestral home of the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

However, the activist network 1500tasvir was able to reveal the truth on social media, and showed footage of flames and ashes which matched photographs of the building.

The activist group has quickly grown as Iran enters the ninth week of protest after a young woman, Mahsa Amini, was detained by mortality police over wearing her hijab and died while in police custody.

Since September, their Instagram has grown from 150,000 to 1.5million followers while their Twitter has gone from 50,000 to 350,000 followers.

Their name, 1500tasvir, means 1,500 windows and is a reference to when the group began in 2019 during Iran’s Bloody November protests in which people were protesting the increase in fuel prices.

Officials responded to the protests with a near internet blackout and harsh retaliation to protestors.

The group soon formed to document how many protestors were killed, which came to at least 1,500, hence how the name came about.

The Telegraph interviewed two active members of the 1500tasvir but the pair requested that they remain anonymous.

One activist said: “The only purpose we have is to harm the Islamic republic, in the end, destroy it, as all people in Iran want and in the end that’s why people trust us.”

The group has been taking on claims put forward by Tehran’s state media that the current protestors are rioters, terrorists or a power play by Western countries.

One activist said: “People are angrier this time, this time people understood from these experiences that they should defend themselves, they shouldn’t just stand there and be killed.”

The protestors of today are younger than protestors that have tried to take on the Iranian Government during the 2009 Green Movement, according to the activists.

The activist claimed: “In 2009 it was over 25-year-olds, this time it’s about teenagers, 14, 15 years old. It’s their fight this time.”

The group Human Rights Activists in Iran seemed to confirm this claim, as they documented 362 deaths during the current protests and have revealed that 56 of those deaths were minors.

They include an eight-year-old who was killed in Zahedan in October and a nine-year-old killed in Izeh last Wednesday.

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The activists from 1500tasvir have said documenting the deaths of protestors has motivated the group.

One activist said: “One of the reasons people trust us is because we do not consider ourselves journalists, we’re a part of the people and we document people in their routine life.”

They claimed their main goal is to support ordinary people protesting and amplify their voices.

An activist said: “The most important thing for us is for people in the street here, that’s our number one priority, everything is arranged and coordinated according to that.

“The people in the street needed their voices to be heard internationally.”

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