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A Protester Celebrating Iran’s World Cup Exit Has Been Shot Dead


A Protester Celebrating Iran’s World Cup Exit Has Been Shot Dead

According to accounts, a protester who was celebrating Iran’s World Cup departure has been shot and killed.

According to rights organizations, security personnel fatally shot an Iranian man who was celebrating his country’s football team’s World Cup defeat by the United States. Iran is no longer in the competition as a result of Tuesday night’s defeat in Qatar. Supporters of the regime who are both pro and anti were divided over the outcome.

Human rights organizations said that activist Mehran Samak, 27, was shot and killed while blaring his car horn in Bandar Anzali, a city on the coast of the Caspian Sea.

Following the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody after being detained by the morality police, Iran has become the target of anti-regime demonstrations. Due to the brutal government assault on the protests, several people decided not to support the national squad.

Following the national team’s loss to America, Samak “was directly targeted and shot in the head by security forces,” according to the Oslo-based organization Iran Human Rights (IHR).

His passing was also confirmed by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), based in New York.

Later, Saeid Ezatolahi, a midfielder for the Iranian national team, uploaded a photo of himself with Samak from a young football team. Everyone was surprised to learn that the football player knew Samak. Notably, he is from Bandar Anzali and participated in the US match.

After last night’s bitter loss, the news of your passing set fire to my heart,” said Ezatolahi on Instagram, while referring to Samak as his “childhood teammate”.

“Some day the masks will fall, the truth will be laid bare,” he continued in his message.

“This is not what our youth deserve. This is not what our nation deserves.”

The Iranian government has not yet made any comments about the situation.

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