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Iranian footballers refused to sing the anthem of their country before their first match at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
By such actions, the players protested to the Iranian authorities, who have been harshly suppressing protests for two months.
The captain of the team, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, at a press conference before the start of the match, stated that the decision to sing the anthem or not would be taken by all the players of the team together.
Fans, gathered at the stadium, welcomed the action of the players with applause.
Protests in Iran have been going on since the end of September. The reason for their start was the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained by the vice police for “wrong” wearing the hijab. The security forces are cracking down on shares in an unprecedentedly harsh manner; As of November 19, according to human rights activists, at least 378 people died as a result of the actions of law enforcement officers.
- Iran has been protesting for three weeks over the death of a girl who was detained by the vice police The army was ordered to “brutally suppress the troublemakers”. More than 150 people died