Blood of the Matyr

This photo was taken at the beginning of the Iranian revolution (early 1979) when the rioting people invaded Tehran’s military bases. During this period, it was customary for the blood of martyrs killed during the protests to be used to write slogans on pieces of card as a form of remembrance. The slogan was usually signed with a bloody handprint.

The photograph was taken by Kaveh Golestan, the Iranian photographer who was killed, aged 52, by a mine explosion in Iraq in April 2003 while working for the BBC. He was an outstanding photojournalist who had won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the gassing of the Kurds in the Iran-Iraq war in 1988.

By arrangement with Drik Picture Library Ltd

mag cover This article is from the April 2006 issue of New Internationalist.
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