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A false claim that Iran plans to execute 15,000 protesters went viral. Here is what the parliament actually voted on and the latest numbers on imprisonment and death.But a false claim that Iran plans to execute 15,000 protesters went viral on social media this week. The message took hold when various tweets and infographics began circulating, including one image which read, “Iran sentences 15,000 protestors to death as a ‘hard lesson’ for all rebels.
Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Players on Iran's national soccer team refused to sing their country's national anthem on Monday, at their first World Cup game in Qatar in an apparent protest of Iran's government and support for ongoing demonstrations over women's rights. © Chris Brunskill/UPI Iran team members refuse to sing the national anthem in an apparent protest against Iran's government, during their first 2022 FIFA World Cup Group B match at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, on Monday. Photo by Chris Brunskill/UPI
Iran's team members stood in a line, with arms around one another wearing no expressions, as their anthem played before the World Cup game against England.
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By Martin Petty, Maya Gebeily and Charlotte Bruneau AL RAYYAN, Qatar (Reuters) - Iran's national soccer team sang during the playing of their national anthem at their second World Cup match against Wales on Friday having refrained from doing so in their opening game earlier this week in apparent support for protesters back home. Loud jeers were heard from Iranian supporters as the anthem played, with the team singing quietly before going on to win 2-0, prompting euphoric celebrations outside the stadium where government supporters tried to drown out chants by its opponents after the game.
While the Iranian team has sung its anthem in previous tournaments, including the World Cup in 2018 and the Asian Cup in 2020, the players remained silent Monday as a number of Iranian fans inside the stadium booed and held signs that read "Women, life and freedom."
The team and fans appeared to convey their support for protesters in Iran over the September death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody for not wearing a hijab correctly.
Since Amini's death more than 450 people, including children, have been killed. Human rights groups said there were reports 11 people were killed in Mahabad, as recently as Saturday and Sunday, as military equipment patrolled the streets.
On Monday, Iran's state television cut away during the team's protest, but did air the game. Soccer is a national obsession in Iran where schools were shut to allow students to watch.
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While the pro-government Fars news agency did not air any protests at the game, it did carry extensive coverage of Iran's 6-2 loss to England.
Support for the team has waned as posters of the players were torn down in parts of Tehran before the game, and people took to social media to support England.
During a press conference, Iran's soccer captain Ehsan Hajsafi vocalized the team's dissatisfaction with the government and his support for the protesters.
"We have to accept that the situation in our country is not good and that our people are not happy, they are discontent," Hajsafi said. "We are here, but it does not mean we should not be their voice or that we should not respect them. Whatever we have is theirs."
"We have to perform the best we can and score goals and dedicate those goals to the people of Iran who are feeling hurt," Hajsafi added.
While the soccer team's manager said Iran's players are free to protest the government's heavy-handed repression, there could be repercussions for them when they return to Iran.
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The pitch invader, Mario Ferri Falco, is a 35-year-old activist and a professional soccer player who most recently played in India. In 2010, he ran onto the pitch during a game in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with the message "Free Sakineh," referencing Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who was sentenced to death by stoning after being found guilty of adultery and conspiring to murder her husband. 1/7 SLIDES © FIFA 23 We simulated the World Cup on FIFA 23.
"At worst I'll be kicked out of the national team, which is a small price to pay for every single strand of Iranian women's hair," Bayer Leverkusen forward Sardar Azmoun wrote on Instagram. "Shame on you for killing the people."
Iran's government has already punished a number athletes and celebrities who have supported the protests. Actors Hengameh Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi were arrested over their social media posts, according to official news agency IRNA.
On Saturday, Ghaziani posted a video on Instagram without wearing her head covering in an act of defiance.
"Maybe this will be my last post," Ghaziani said. "From this moment on, whatever happens to me, know that as always, I am with Iranian people until my last breath."
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BAGHDAD (AP) — A senior Iranian military official visiting Baghdad this week threatened Iraq with a ground military operation in the country’s north if the Iraqi army does not fortify the countries’ shared border against Kurdish opposition groups, multiple Iraqi and Kurdish officials said. Such an offensive, if carried out, would be unprecedented in Iraq, and raise the specter of regional fallout from Iran's domestic unrest, which Tehran has portrayed as a foreign plot without offering evidence.