Iran Government Sympathizers Harass Protestors At World Cup

Tensions ran high off the field at Iran’s second match
British-Iranian women take part in a demonstration opposite the Houses of Parliament in central London on November 19, 2022, ahead of Iran's fixture against England in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. - The 22 women protestors are calling for people in Iran and around the world to protest at the start of every world cup match played by Iran, by blowing a football whistle for one minute at the start of each match. (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES / AFP) (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • At Iran’s second match at the World Cup on Friday, fans supporting the Iranian regime confronted those protesting against it.
  • Stadium security confiscated flags, T-shirts and other items showing support for the protest movement that has erupted against the Islamic Republic.
  • Stadium security prevented some fans from carrying in Persian pre-revolutionary flags to the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium.
  • Others carrying such flags had them torn from their hands by pro-regime Iran fans, who also hurled insults at fans wearing T-shirts depicting the slogan of the protest movement embroiling the country, “Woman, Life, Freedom.”

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