In the midst of all the controversy in Iran due to the recent protests, the Qatar 2022 World Cup will serve to bring joy to hundreds of families after the Government of that country decided to release more than 700 people as a reward for the victory of his selection on Wales from a few days ago.
The Iranian judicial authorities will release 715 prisoners on the occasion of the 2-0 victory in the Iran-Wales match of the World Cup in Qatar on Friday, including people detained in the protests that rock the country.
The move was announced Monday by the head of Iran’s judiciary, Gholamhosein Mohseni Ejei, to celebrate “the proud victory of the national football team,” reported Mizan, the news agency of the Iranian Judiciary.
The 715 prisoners who will be released from 12 prisons in the country , and it will only affect inmates who are not imprisoned for attacking security personnel, burning private property or burning Korans.
However, people detained during “recent events” in the country will not be released , in an apparent reference to the protests that have rocked Iran since mid-September.
Iran has been experiencing protests since the death on September 16 of Masha Amini after being arrested three days earlier by the Morality Police for wearing the Islamic headscarf incorrectly, which are being harshly repressed by the security forces.
The riots began over the death of the 22-year-old Kurdish girl, but have evolved and now the protesters are calling for the end of the Islamic Republic founded by Ayatollah Ruholá Khomeini in 1979.
More than 300 people have died in the police repression and at least 2,000 have been accused of various crimes for their participation in them, of which six have been sentenced to death so far.
The mobilizations have cast a shadow over the Iran soccer team and its players , caught between those who demand they join the mobilizations with symbolic gestures and those who accuse them of treasonousness when they do so.
Thus, the footballers of the Iranian team did not sing their country’s anthem before the Qatar 2022 World Cup match against England, which they lost 6-2, but they did do so against Wales on Friday.
Iran will play tomorrow for the round of 16 against the United States, its greatest geopolitical archenemy since 1979, the year of the triumph of the Islamic Revolution.
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