An Iranian man was shot to death by security forces for celebrating when the United States eliminated his country’s soccer team at the World Cup, human rights groups reported on Wednesday.
According to the details, Iran was knocked out of the world cup by its arch-enemy the United States in Qatar on Tuesday night, drawing a mixed response from pro and anti-regime supporters.
Many decided not to support the national soccer team after the deadly government crackdown laid stress on an enormous protest orchestrated by the death of Mahsa Amini.
Mehran Samak, 27, was murdered after honking his car horn in Bandar Anzali, a city on the Caspian Sea near Tehran, human rights proponents said.
Samak was shot in the head by law enforcement immediately following Iran’s defeat at the hands of the United States team, put on campus in Oslo by Iran Human Rights (IHR).
The New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) reported that he was murdered by security forces while he was celebrating the victory of the United States.
It broadcast a video from his funeral in Tehran on Wednesday, where mourners could be heard shouting Murder to the dictator.
The chant aimed at Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is one of the main slogans of the protests that flared after Amini’s death in custody on Sept 16.
It is pertinent to mention here that at least 448 people have been killed by Iran’s police in the suppression of the protests, including 60 children under the age of 18 and 29 women.