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Iran fans have objects confiscated for protesting against Wales

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Iranians have shown support for demonstrations for women’s rights that have taken place since September after the death of Mahsa Amini

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Iranian fans show support for demonstrations for women’s rights

Fans watching the match between Will and Wales had objects confiscated by the police for protesting for women’s rights and showing support for the demonstrations that take place in the country in September, when Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish girl, was killed after being taken away by the morality police for wearing ‘inappropriate clothing’. One man, who was protesting with a flag bearing the phrase “Woman, life and freedom” and another who was holding an Iranian flag with an “x” in the middle, had their parts collected by security at the event. A woman with dark red tears painted on her eyes held aloft a football shirt with “Mahsa Amini – 22” printed on the back – a reference to Iranian Kurdish. Ahead of the World Cup, protesters were cheered by apparent displays of support from several Iran teams, which refrained from singing the national anthem, such as the basketball team. After refraining from singing ahead of the opening match, the national football team on Friday sang softly as the anthem played, even as fans in the stands cheered loudly. Team Melli, as the football team is known, has traditionally been a great source of national pride in Iran, but they have found themselves drawn into politics in the run-up to the world Cup, with anticipation over whether they would use the football-clinching event as a platform to get behind the protesters. In the game, Iran defeated Wales 2-1 and remain in the fight to advance to the next stage of the tournament. As a result, he occupies, temporarily, the second position of Group B.

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*With information from Reuters

Source: Jovempan

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