Sunday, February 5, 2023

Some Iranians celebrate US victory in Qatar

BAGHDAD ( Associated Press) – Soccer fans in Iran’s Kurdish region lit fireworks and honked their cars early Wednesday to celebrate the US team’s victory over Iran in a World Cup-themed soccer match that divided a country marked by protests. .

Fans turned out to celebrate in Iran’s Kurdish-majority Kurdistan province and fireworks lit into the sky in the Bukhan region of West Azerbaijan province to celebrate Iran’s 1-0 defeat.

Some chanted “Death to the dictator”, a popular protest slogan referring to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Kurdish areas of Iran have been the center of protests in anti-government demonstrations.

The march began in September following the death of a young Kurdish woman who was detained by Iranian morality police in the capital, Tehran.

The protests quickly became the biggest challenge to Iran’s theocracy since Iran’s formation in the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Iranian officials have accused foreign actors, particularly the United States, of organizing the protest movement, although they have offered no evidence.

Kurdish-majority areas of the country have seen a wave of unrest amid nationwide anti-government protests. The national team’s defeat for the United States was interpreted by some as a victory over what they saw as government oppression.

Also in parts of Tehran, some people shouted slogans against the US victory.

Videos shared online showed cars on the road in Saqqez, the capital of Kurdistan, and in the hometown of Mahsa Amini, the young woman who died in police custody in September.

But not everyone celebrated. Param Ajmand, a fan in Tehran, said the Iranian team had performed to the best of their ability.

“We tried very hard, but we couldn’t score, even though we did everything we could,” he said. “It was their (American’s) day. Our players did their best and I hope they play better in future World Cups, and God willing they reach the second round.

After the game, state television commentator Hossein Missaghi said that the United States had taken “too many opportunities” in the game.

“It was not our day,” said another commentator, Mohammadreza Ahmadi. He played down the defeat, pointing out that “the game is like this, there are wins and losses.”

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