The art of protest in Iran
Guardian of London / Saeed Kamali Dehghan

Despite a government crackdown on public dissent since the June election, Iranians have continued to find creative and unprecedented ways to protest when they can't demonstrate on the streets any more.

In fact, some of the protests are so subtle that you might not notice them at all – unless you're Iranian and know the background. Take the colour green, for instance. Normally it has no particular significance but during the election it was the colour used by presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.

For the first week after the disputed election, protesters still could go out in green. Lots of green banners were made and green wristbands were worn.

But when continuing street protest became impossible, the protests went underground. Among this clandestine activity, Irananian artists – both well-known and anonymous – began circulating posters, flyers and other political designs by email all over the country. These could then be printed out and distributed free of charge.


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