Man shot dead by Iranian soldiers celebrating World Cup loss to US – Xinhua English.news.cn

Man shot dead by Iranian soldiers celebrating World Cup loss to US

According to the British “Guardian” report on November 30, local time, after the Iranian national team lost 0:1 to the United States team and bid farewell to the World Cup, Iranian people celebrated in many places throughout the country, and there were many of cheers and fireworks on social media. Photo of fireworks. Some foreign media lamented that Iran is the only country that celebrates its team’s defeat in the World Cup.

People in many places in Iran are celebrating the defeat of the national team

In September this year, the 22-year-old Iranian woman Mahsa Amini (Mahsa Amini) was arrested by the morality police for not wearing a hijab properly, and then died accidentally. Protests, and many people see the Iranian football team as a symbol of the regime.

However, amid the wave of celebrations, an Iranian man was shot dead by state security forces, sparking anti-government demonstrations across the country again.

Mehran Samak, 27, honked his horn in Bandar Anzali, a city on the Caspian Sea northwest of Iran’s capital Tehran, to celebrate the loss, according to activists for the Norwegian Organization for Human Rights (IHR). he was “directly targeted by security forces and shot in the head”.

The US-based Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) also confirmed Samak’s death. CHRI released a video of Samak’s funeral on the 30th, where mourners chanted slogans against Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Surprisingly, Saeid Ezatolahi, an Iranian national football player also from Port Anzali, revealed that he knows Samak and posted a picture of them together in the youth football team on Instagram. Ezzatollahi did not comment on the cause of his friend’s death, but said: “There will come a day when the mask (excuse) will come off and the truth will come out… This is not what our young people deserve. what our country deserves.” Got it.”

Iran’s national football player, Saeed Ezatorahi, posted a photo with the deceased

Iranian supporters held celebrations in Mariwan, a Kurdish-populated city in western Iran, Amini’s hometown, Sarquez, and the capital Tehran.

Iranian fans also protested against the government outside Qatar’s World Cup stadium in Doha.

Elham, a 21-year-old Iranian fan, told the Guardian on the phone before the start of the Iran-USA match that she hoped the US would win because a victory for the Iranian national team would be transferred to Iran in power Gift from the recipient: “This is not my national team. This is not Team Melli (the name of Iran’s national team) but Team Mullah (the Islamic leader).”

On the day of the match, Qatari authorities increased security at the stadium, with some security guards patrolling on horseback, and Iranian fans were asked to unfurl their national flags before entering the stadium to check for prohibited items. There are not only ordinary security personnel throughout the stadium, but also policemen with batons.

A group of fans briefly held up signs spelling out “Masha Amini” at the start of the second half, drawing applause from nearby Iranians before the signs were removed by security but protesters were allowed to remain in their seats.

Under pressure from public protesters at home, the Iranian national team refused to sing the national anthem in their first match against England, losing 6-2; they sang the national anthem in subsequent games. Celebrations were also seen in the capital Tehran following Iran’s defeat to England.

Outside the stadium after the Iran-USA match, Reuters reporters saw security officers chasing and tackling two fans around the perimeter of the stadium. Three guards pinned a man to the ground wearing a T-shirt that read “Women, Life, Freedom,” a slogan at the heart of Iran’s protest movement.

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