After killing hundreds of protesters, Iran releases 709 prisoners in celebration of World Cup victory



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Protestos contra a repressão no Irã acontecem dentro e fora do país.

Protests against repression in Iran take place inside and outside the country. | Photo: EFE/EPA/SEDAT SUNA

More of 700 prisoners regained freedom in Iran following the victory of the Iranian national team over Wales in the World Cup in Qatar, as announced by the agency of the Judicial Authority Mizan Online on Monday (28).

After losing to England 6-2, Iran beat Wales 2-0 on Friday (21), and face the United States this Tuesday (29). “Following a special order from the Head of the Judicial Authority, with the victory of the national football team (…) over that of Wales, 041634 detainees were released in different prisons across the country,” says the agency. Among them are “some people arrested in recent events”, he declares, without giving further details.

By “events”, the agency alludes to the protests triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini, in September: an Iranian Kurd from 22 years old who died after his arrest by the customs police for having, according to the authorities, violated the strict dress code of the Islamic Republic by not wearing the jihab (scarf). Authorities have reported thousands of people arrested at the protests, with justice claiming to have charged more than 2,000. Human rights organizations abroad report much higher numbers of arrests.

In addition, according to the NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR), based in Norway, at least 416 people were killed in the repression of protests in Iran.

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