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World Cup fan 'shot dead by Islamic Regime security forces after he celebrated Iran's defeat to USA'

Mehran Samak, 27, was reportedly shot in the head in the eastern Iranian city of Anzali by government agents after he honked his car horn to celebrate the team's 1-0 loss Iranian national.

A football fan was reportedly shot dead by Islamic regime security forces last night after celebrating Iran’s loss to the United States in the World Cup.

Mehran Samak, 27, was reportedly shot in the head in the eastern Iranian city of Anzali by government agents after he honked his car horn to celebrate the team’s 1-0 loss Iranian national.

Samak was sitting in his car next to his fiancee when a member of the Iranian security forces approached their car and shot the football fan with a bullet in the head, reports Iran International. He was rushed to hospital but died within an hour.

Samak had joined dozens of other Iranians across the country who celebrated the national team’s loss to the United States amid growing anger against the Islamic regime.

Mehran Samak, 27, was reportedly shot in the head in the eastern Iranian city of Anzali by government agents after he honked his car horn to celebrate the team's 1-0 loss Iranian national.

Mehran Samak, 27, was reportedly shot in the head in the eastern Iranian city of Anzali by government agents after he honked his car horn to celebrate the team’s 1-0 loss Iranian national.

In Iran's Kurdish region, football fans set off fireworks and honked their horns early Wednesday to celebrate the Iranian team's defeat

In Iran's Kurdish region, soccer fans set off fireworks and honked their horns early Wednesday to celebrate the Iranian team's defeat.

In Iran’s Kurdish region, football fans set off fireworks and honked their horns early Wednesday to celebrate the Iranian team’s defeat

Many saw the result of the match as a victory against the Iranian government, which has suppressed nationwide protests that have engulfed the Islamic Republic for months.

In Iran’s Kurdish region, soccer fans set off fireworks and honked their horns early Wednesday to celebrate the Iranian team’s defeat.

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

The Kurdish region in the west of the country has seen particularly intense protests and a deadly crackdown by security forces, which has left at least 300 people dead.

The protests first erupted in September, following the death of a young Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, in the custody of Iranian morality police in the capital Tehran.

Antonee Robinson of the United States hugs Ramin Rezaeian of Iran after the Iranian national team lost 1-0 in their World Cup match on Tuesday night

Antonee Robinson of the United States hugs Ramin Rezaeian of Iran after the Iranian national team lost 1-0 in their World Cup match on Tuesday night

The 22-year-old died three days after her arrest in Tehran for allegedly breaking the Islamic dress code for women.

The protests quickly turned into the most serious challenge to Iran’s theocracy since its inception in the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iranian authorities have accused foreign actors, primarily the United States, of orchestrating the protest movement, but have offered no evidence.

On Tuesday night, the Iranian national team lost 1-0 against the United States. Iran’s players were careful to sing their national anthem before the game after being warned by officials in Tehran that they risked reprisals for their “insulting” decision not to sing it ahead of the game against England.

An Iranian politician has warned they could be punished if they don’t start singing the anthem in their last two games, against Wales and the United States.

They sang the anthem before the game against Wales but remained unmoved when the anthem was played at the Khalifa International Stadium last Monday ahead of their 6-2 World Cup loss to England.

It was seen as a stand in solidarity with the protests that are currently overwhelming Iran following Amini’s death.

Iranian fans hold up a placard bearing the name of Mahsa Amini, the name of the girl whose death sparked protests in Iran earlier this year, during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Group B match between Iran and the United States, Tuesday evening

Iranian fans hold up a placard bearing the name of Mahsa Amini, the name of the girl whose death sparked protests in Iran earlier this year, during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Group B match between Iran and the United States, Tuesday evening

Meanwhile, Kurdish-majority regions of Iran have seen waves of unrest amid nationwide protests against the government. The national team’s loss to the United States was seen by some as a victory against what they see as government oppression.

Even in neighborhoods of Tehran, some chanted protest slogans after the US victory.

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

Last week, Iranian security forces arrested former national soccer player Voria Ghafouri for criticizing the government over its crackdown on protests that have engulfed the Islamic Republic for months.

Ghafouri, who was dropped from the Iranian national team ahead of the Qatar World Cup, was arrested after a training session with his local club Foolad Khuzestan in Iran.

The 35-year-old was arrested for “tarnishing the reputation of the national team and spreading propaganda against the state”.

Ghafouri has also been accused of supporting “rioters”, a term the Islamic State uses to refer to anti-government protesters who demonstrated after Amini’s death.

Ghafouri, who is also a member of Iran’s Kurdish minority, strongly criticized the Islamic regime and its violent crackdown on protests.

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