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Security forces assassinate an Iranian who celebrated the defeat of the team against the US in the World Cup

An Iranian was shot dead by security forces after celebrating his country’s elimination from the United States in the Soccer World Cuphuman rights groups said on Wednesday.

Iran was eliminated by the United States in the tournament in Qatar on Tuesday night, generating different reactions between supporters and detractors of the Iranian regime.

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Mehran Samak, 27, was shot dead after honking his car horn in Bandar Anzali, a city on the Caspian Sea coast northwest of Tehran, human rights groups said.

Samak “was deliberately targeted and shot in the head by security forces (…) after the national team’s defeat against the United States”said the Norway-based group Iran Human Rights (IHR).

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The New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) also reported that security forces had assassinated him for celebrating the defeat and posted a video of his funeral in Tehran on Wednesday when people could be heard chanting “Death to the dictator!”

The midfielder of the Iranian national team Saeid Ezatolahi, who played the match against the United States and is a native of the city where the murder took place, assured that he knew Samak and posted a photo of the two on the same soccer team when they were teenagers.

“After last night’s bitter defeat, the news of your death set my heart on fire” Ezatolahi said in a message on Instagram, in which he referred to Samak as a “childhood companion.”

“There will come a day when the masks will fall and the truth will be revealed. This is not what our youth deserve, this is not what our nation deserves.”added the footballer in his message.

Iran it is the scene of protests sparked by the death, on September 16, of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian Kurdish woman arrested three days earlier by police for violating the country’s dress code that requires the wearing of the headscarf in public.

At least 448 people, including 60 minors, died as a result of the repression by the security forces, according to an IHR balance.

Source: Elcomercio

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