GLZ.CO.IL , YNET (Israel)
TEL AVIV – Ten animal-rights activists have been arrested in connection with a bizarre form of shock protest in the name of protecting animals from slaughter: dumping bloodied heads of dead animals into city fountains, according to glz.co.il.
Over the last few months, slaughtered cow, goat, fish and sheep heads were thrown into many fountains in central Tel Aviv, with the water often transformed in a deep red color. On Wednesday, the two women and eight men, members of the “Free 269” movement, were arrested by a special unit investigating the series of vandalism.
The first incident earlier this year was a goat head left in the best-known fountain in central Tel Aviv, with the Free269 movement taking responsibility for the act with a message on its Facebook page: “In every given moment, in Israel and in the world, billions of animals are tortured and killed, all of them were subjects who just wanted to live in peace and serenity,” Ynet reports.
Amongst the charges the arrested suspects face: mistreatment and illegal killing of animals.
Gas stations in many Iranian cities had trouble supplying fuel earlier in the week in what was a suspected cyberattack on the fuel distribution system. One Tehran daily on Thursday blamed Israel, which may have carried out similar acts in past years, to weaken Iran's hostile regime.
The incident reportedly disrupted the credit and debit card payments system this time, forcing users to pay cash and higher prices, the London-based broadcaster Iran International reported.
Though state officials didn't publicly accuse anyone specific, they did say perhaps this and other attacks had been planned for October, to "anger people" on the anniversary of the anti-government protests of 2019.
Khamenei, where's our gas?
Cheeky slogans were spotted Tuesday in different places in Iran, including electronic panels over motorways. One of them read "Khamenei, where's our gas?"
Iran International reported that Tehran-based news agency ISNA posted, then deleted, a report on drivers also seeing the message "cyberattack 64411" on screens at gas stations, purported to be the telephone number of the office of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
A member of parliament's National Security Committee, Vahid Jalalzadeh, said the attack had been planned months ahead, and had inflicted "grave losses," Iran International and domestic agencies reported Thursday. The conservative Tehran newspaper Kayhan named "America, the Zionist regime and their goons" as the "chief suspects" in the attack.
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