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No anthem, we agree to protest! Iranian World Cup players abandoned by state television

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Iranian football players did not sing the national anthem before the start of the World Cup in Qatar against England. According to Reuters, they wanted to show solidarity with anti-government protests in the country, during which hundreds of people have died since September. Iranian state television interrupted the live broadcast shortly before the start of the players. The favorites of the vice-champions of Europe won with a score of 6:2.

Iranian football players did not sing the national anthem before the start of the World Cup in Qatar against England. According to Reuters, they wanted to show solidarity with anti-government protests in the country, during which hundreds of people have died since September. Iranian state television interrupted the live broadcast shortly before the start of the players. The favorites of the vice-champions of Europe won with a score of 6:2.

Unlike the British, who sang the British anthem before the start of the match, the Iranians remained silent. When a recording of Iran’s national anthem was played at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, thousands of Iranian fans screamed in disapproval, some of them giving a thumbs down.

With today’s gesture, the members of the national team have returned some of the fans they have lost without speaking out against the country’s regime and publicly supporting the protesters. Before the trip to Qatar, the players met with President Ebrahim Raisi. Photos from the meeting, one of which showed one player bowing to the president, drew criticism from team members.

Only shortly before the start of the championship, team captain Ehsan Haysafi cautiously stated that in Iran “the conditions are not good and people are unhappy there.” He also expressed his condolences to the families who mourn their loved ones who died during the demonstrations. “They need to know that we are with them, that we support them and cheer for them,” said the AEK defender.

An Iranian fan at the stadium told Reuters that by remaining silent during the playing of the national anthem, the players showed their support for the protesters. “Their actions benefited all Iranians who oppose the regime. What they did was important because they are being watched very closely. They showed us that they are with the people. Now they will be thought differently,” she said.

Demonstrations in Iran began in mid-September when Mahsa Aminova, 22, died in custody after being arrested for wearing the hijab incorrectly. The actions, originally aimed at introducing a strict law on women’s veils, turned into anti-government protests. According to KHRANA, which monitors human rights violations in Iran, 410 people died, including at least 58 children. More than 17,000 people have been arrested.




Source: Blesk

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