on the sidelines of football, new demonstrations in Balochistan

on the sidelines of football, new demonstrations in Balochistan

on the sidelines of football, new demonstrations in Balochistan

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While the Iranians took to the streets of Tehran to celebrate the victory of their national soccer team, this Friday, November 25, for their second match in the World Cup in Qatar, new demonstrations were also taking place in the province of Sistan-et -Balochistan. They were violently repressed, according to activists who speak of several victims.

As the Republic of Iran beat Wales in the 2022 World Cup in Doha, and people take to the streets to express their joy, the protest movement against the regime continues, two and a half months after the death of Mahsa Amini, a young detained for an ill-placed veil.

An Iranian fan, pictured before the start of the World Cup Group B soccer match between Wales and Iran, in Al Rayan, Qatar, Friday, November 25, 2022. AP – Alessandra Tarantino

Tirelessly on Friday, the protesters took to the streets of Zahedan, but also of Khash or Saravan, towns in Balochistan. This predominantly Sunni province, in a majority Shiite country, has been mobilizing since the beginning of the movement to support its “Kurdistan brothers”.

In any case, this is what can be heard in the slogans chanted during the demonstrations; Demonstrations once again violently repressed today, if we are to believe the testimonies of certain activists and the videos circulating on social networks.

Two riot police officers wave Iranian flags after Iran beat Wales at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, at Sadeghieh Square in Tehran, Iran, Friday, November 25, 2022.
Two riot police officers wave Iranian flags after Iran beat Wales at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, at Sadeghieh Square in Tehran, Iran, Friday, November 25, 2022. AP – Vahid Salemi

On the Kurdistan side, the region where Mahsa Amini was from, tensions remain high. The Revolutionary Guard, the armed wing of the Iranian regime, announced that it would send armored units and special forces of the army to the place, to reinforce the border between Iran and Iraq.

Tehran says it wants to prevent infiltration by armed groups affiliated with Kurdish separatists. The Revolutionary Guards have attacked twice this week several bases of the Iranian Kurdish opposition who have taken refuge in Iraq for decades.

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