Who was Mehran Samak? Wiki, Biography, Age, Family, Cause of Death

Mehran Samak Wiki – Mehran Samak Biography

Security forces shot dead an Iranian man after Iran’s national team lost to the United States and was knocked out of the World Cup, while anti-government demonstrations took place inside and outside the stadium in Qatar and across Iran. Mehran Samak, 27, was shot dead after honking his car horn in Bandar Anzali, a city on the Caspian Sea coast northwest of Tehran, according to human rights activists.

Samak “was directly attacked and shot in the head by security forces… after the national team’s defeat against the United States,” Oslo-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) said. The dispute between the two countries that severed diplomatic ties more than 40 years ago took place against a backdrop of violent repression in Iran following protests sparked by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, in September.

Mehran Samak Age

Mehran Samak  was 27 years old.

Mehran Samak  Cause of Death

Iran’s security forces have killed at least 448 people in the crackdown on the protests, including 60 children under the age of 18 and 29 women, according to IHR. In an extraordinary twist, Iranian international midfielder Saeid Ezatolahi, who played in the US match and is from Bandar Anzali, revealed that he knew Samak and posted a photo of them together on a youth soccer team.

“After the bitter loss last night, the news of your passing ignited my heart,” Ezatolahi said on Instagram, describing Samak as a “childhood teammate”. He did not comment on the circumstances of his friend’s death, but said: “Someday the masks will fall, the truth will be revealed.”

And he added: “This is not what our youth deserve. This is not what our nation deserves.” Ezatolahi, distraught over the result, had been seen after the final whistle being comforted by both his teammates and the American players. Many Iranians had refused to support the national team, and after Tuesday night’s game, images on social media showed the crowd cheering and setting off fireworks.

The New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) also reported that Samak had been killed by security forces while celebrating. CHRI released a video of Samak’s funeral in Tehran on Wednesday in which mourners could be heard chanting “death to the dictator.” The chant, addressed to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is one of the main slogans of the protests.

Late on Tuesday, exiled Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad posted videos of the celebrations on Twitter, writing: “Iran is a country where people are very passionate about football. Now they are in the streets of the city of Sanandaj and celebrating the loss of their soccer team against the United States.”

He also posted a video of fireworks being launched in Saqqez, Mahsa Amini’s hometown. Iranians also celebrated in Marivan, which was among the cities in the Kurdish-populated regions of western Iran where, on November 21, security forces stepped up a crackdown that killed dozens of people over 24 hours, firing directly at protesters and using heavy weapons, human rights groups said.

There were also celebrations in Tehran and Sanandaj, the capital of Kurdistan. The celebrations came after fans outside the stadium in Doha tried to highlight the protests and the Iranian government’s crackdown. “Everyone should know about this. We have no say in Iran,” an Iranian living in the UnitedStates who gave his name only as Sam told Reuters.

Speaking by phone from Tehran shortly before kick-off, the 21-year-old Elham said he wanted the United States to win because victory for the national team, known as Team Melli, would be a gift to the Iranian authorities. “This is not my national team. It is not the team melli, it is the team of the mullahs”, he said.

Outside the stadium after the game, Reuters journalists watched security pursue two people in a series of fights on the perimeter of the ground. Three guards pinned a man to the ground wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “woman, life, freedom,” the central slogan of the Iranian protest movement.

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