An Iran fan was approached by guards this Friday, 25, after showing a T-shirt of the country’s selection with the name of the Iranian Mahsa Amini, killed in September this year after being arrested by the police for allegedly not wearing the hijab (Islamic veil).
the cheerleader used to watch Iran’s match against Wales at the Ahmad Bin Ali stadium in Qatar. The moment was captured by several photographers who were at the scene.
Next to the woman was a young man holding an Iranian flag with the following message: “Freedom for women’s lives”. The guard approached both of them and prevented them from carrying out the peaceful protest.
During the match, other fans also took messages of protest. An Iranian woman residing in Canada raised a flag with the words “Free Iran”. Already on her T-shirt was written “Freedom for women’s lives” – motto of the wave of protests that took over Iran.
Three other fans attended the game wearing black T-shirts with the words “Freedom for women’s lives” written in Persian, the official language of Iran.
The Iranian national team’s World Cup games have been charged with political activism on the part of the fans. In Iran’s first game, players remained silent as the national anthem played. The act was seen as a sign of support for the population’s outrage.
Today, the team timidly sang the anthem and the crowd was divided between boos, support and cries.
understand the case
Iran is experiencing the biggest wave of protests in the country since 2009 — the Arab Spring. This year, thousands of people are on the streets in support of Iranian women’s rights. The trigger was the arrest and death of Mahsa Amini, 22.
The young woman was detained in Tehran, the capital of the country, for allegedly violating the rules on the use of the Islamic headscarf. Police officers claimed that Mahsa suffered a heart attack during the arrest, so that, in the words of the agents, she would be “convinced and educated”. They denied that she was assaulted.
Activists, however, claim that the police approach in cases of this type has been violent, often with the use of beatings against women. The girl was in a coma, she couldn’t resist and died.
The first major protest took place after Mahsa’s funeral in the western Iranian city of Saqqez. Since then, many women have taken the lead and started to walk around with their heads uncovered.
Now other groups of protesters have new demands, even calling for the overthrow of the Iranian state. Recently, the government authorized protesters to be sentenced to the death penalty.
The first person to receive the punishment has not been named, but on November 14 he was punished “for disturbing the order and peace of the community and committing a crime against national security”.
In Iran, after the 1979 Revolution, which opened space for a theocratic regime, the law began to state that women are obliged to cover their hair with a veil and wear loose clothing to cover the shape of their bodies. Those who fail to comply face public reprimands, fines and even imprisonment.