Iran’s presence at the World Cup has drawn attention to the country where anti-government protests continue.
Tehran, Iran – After more than 10 weeks, protests in Iran show no imminent signs of stopping.Iran’s presence at the World Cup in Qatar, and expressions of protest that accompany it, Attention is focused on domestic turmoil. Here’s what you should know:
What’s Happening With Iranian Fans At The World Cup?
- Iran’s participation in the World Cup has sparked controversy in some areas, with Ukraine demanding disqualification for supplying Russia with armored drones used in Ukraine.
- Anti-government Iranians have taken advantage of Iran’s international stage at the World Cup to demonstrate against the government. raise awareness of protest We are doing it in Japan.
- Some hold shirts bearing the names of women who died while in Iran’s moral police custody, while others wave flags used in Iran before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
- In Iran’s first match against England on Monday, Iranian players did not sing the national anthem in what was seen as a demonstration of support for the protests.their Second game against Wales But on Friday they sang, albeit modestly.Iranian director Carlos Queiroz complained Regarding the focus on the Iranian team.
- Both pro-government and anti-government fans attended the match against Wales, and there were several reported instances of fans yelling at and filming each other.
how did it start?
- Over two months ago, a 22-year-old woman named Masa Amini Sakez of Kurdistanwas arrested by the country’s moral police for not adhering to the Iranian women’s dress code while in Tehran with her family.
- A video released by police showed her collapsed at a “re-education” center and died in hospital on Sept. 16 after falling into a coma for three days. I doubted. A state investigation reported that she had not been beaten. blamed her death on chronic illness.
- Protests began in Amini’s hometown the next day and soon spread to other cities across the country. Since then, various parts of Iran have seen declines and outflows, but overall it has persisted amid the severe internet restrictions imposed since the first few days of turmoil.
- Thousands of videos and images have surfaced online, many of which show Iranians chanting anti-regime slogans and women removing or burning head coverings. I am recording.
What’s the latest news?
- The protests were most intense last week in northwestern Iran, where Kurdish-majority provinces are located.
- The video, which has been widely circulated online from several cities, including Javanrud in Kermanshah and Mahabad, Bukan and Piranshahr in western Azerbaijan, shows the Iranian military deploying heavy armored vehicles and special forces. increase.
- Sporadic protests were captured on video in Tehran and several other cities after Monday’s match between Iran and England. According to local media and his NetBlocks observatory, mobile and landline internet connections have slowed significantly.
- Foreign-based human rights groups say dozens have been killed by security forces in the past two weeks, putting the overall death toll since September at more than 400. Including about 60 children, While saying thousands were arrested.
- CNN released an investigation on Tuesday that Iranian security forces sexually assaulted protesters, but Iranian officials have yet to take action.
what does the state say?
- Iranian officials, including Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei, have repeatedly accused the United States, Israel, Britain, France, Germany and Saudi Arabia of being behind the unrest in the country, which they often call “riots.” There is
- Authorities have not released an official tally of how many died during the protests, but security forces regularly publish more than 50 deaths.
- at least six protesters received a provisional execution judgmentAt least 2,400 unspecified prison sentences were handed down nationwide on Tuesday, according to the judiciary. 40 foreigners arrested During the “riots” since September.
- The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) confirmed Sunday that it was “strengthening” its forces in the country’s northwest in response to activity by “armed rogues and separatist terrorists”.
- Since September, the military has also launched artillery, missile and drone strikes against positions in neighboring northern Iraq that Tehran says are held by Kurdish groups it considers “terrorist” groups. was carried out several times.of latest attack I came on Sunday.
What was the reaction outside Iran?
- The United States, European Union, United Kingdom and Canada from September onwards, imposed many human rights sanctions Against Iranian officials and entities to which Tehran responded with its own sanctions.
- Following a formal request by Germany and Iceland, a special session of the UN Human Rights Council convened on Thursday to discuss the situation in Iran in light of the protests. Amid Tehran’s oppositionThe council voted to establish a fact-finding mission to investigate potential abuses committed during the crackdown on protests.
- The UN group of experts also called on Iran to stop prosecuting people with capital punishment for participating in the protests.
- Iranians abroad hold mass rallies in cities around the world.