Protesters in Iran Kurdistan have a good time USA’s World Cup victory

Protesters in Iranian Kurdistan set off fireworks and celebrated after Iran misplaced to arch-enemy america within the soccer World Cup on Tuesday, in keeping with movies on social media.

The Islamic Republic has deployed state safety forces in opposition to what it calls “riots” that erupted after the loss of life of 22-year-old Kurdish lady Mahsa Amini on September 16, three days after she was arrested for violating Iran’s costume code for ladies.

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Her hometown of Saqez, like different cities within the western province of Kurdistan, has been a flashpoint for protests in opposition to the clergy.

“Saqez citizens have started celebrating and using fireworks after the first US goal against the Iran soccer team,” the London-based Iran Wire web site stated on Twitter.

It shared a video displaying fireworks with cheering sounds within the background. AFP couldn’t instantly confirm the content material.

One other video by Kurdish activist Kaveh Ghoreishi confirmed a neighborhood at night time within the metropolis of Sanandaj with the sound of cheers and horns blaring after america scored what was the sport’s solely purpose.

Fireworks had been additionally utilized in Mahabad, one other metropolis in Kurdistan, after Iran’s loss, in keeping with movies shared on-line.

The Norway-based Hengaw human rights group stated Iranian motorists celebrated the US victory by honking their horns in Mahabad.

It stated fireworks additionally lit up the sky in Marivan, one other city in Kurdistan province the place safety forces have carried out a lethal crackdown on the protests.

Fireworks and cheers had been additionally heard in Paveh and Sarpol-e Zahab, in Kermanshah province, it added.

The Iranian nationwide crew had confronted a double whammy of presidency and public stress following the protests, with some Iranians going as far as to root for the opposing crew.

“Who would have ever thought that I would jump three meters and celebrate the USA’s goal!” tweeted Iranian gaming journalist Saeed Zafarany after the loss.

Podcaster Elahe Khosravi additionally tweeted: “This is what you get for playing in the middle. They lost to the people, the opponent and even” the federal government.

“They lost. Both on and off the pitch,” tweeted Iran-based journalist Amir Ebtehaj.

The US victory despatched Iran out of the World Cup and secured the Islamic Republic’s arch-enemy a spot within the knockout phases of the event in Qatar.

“And the Islamic Republic football team’s circus is over,” tweeted former journalist Hamid Jafari.

“Now the news of repression cannot be hidden behind the win or loss of the security forces’ favorite team,” he wrote, referring to movies of Iranian police celebrating the crew’s earlier win in opposition to Wales whereas deployed within the streets.

The Oslo-based group Iran Human Rights says not less than 448 folks have been killed by Iran’s safety forces within the crackdown on greater than two months of protests.


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