Young man killed for honking car's horn after US defeats Iran
A young man was killed in Iran by state forces on Tuesday, for having honked his car's horn in celebration of Iran's defeat by the US in FIFA World Cup, Norway-based Iran Human Rights organization reported.
The man, identified as 27-year-old Mehran Samak "was shot out in the head when he went out in Bandar Anzali to celebrate the Islamic Republic's loss at FIFA World Cup 2022," the human rights group said on Twitter.
"The Islamic Republic's Forensic Medical Organization is refusing to return Mehran Samak's body to his family despite a crowd of people gathering outside the building to support them," the group said in a more recent post on Thursday.
The US football team defeated Iran 1-0 in Qatar's Al Thumama stadium on 29 November, advancing to the round of 16, while Iran finished third in Group B and failed to advance to the next phase of the World Cup.
???? در ویدیوهای رسیده به «ایران وایر» بوق ممتد ماشینها در خیابانهای مریوان و شادی مردم پس از شکست فوتبال مقابل آمریکا و حذف از جام جهانی دیده میشود. چهارشنبه ۹ آذر.#جام_جهانی #مهسا_امینی #اعتراضات_سراسری #اعتصابات_سراسری pic.twitter.com/dxA9jQbABT— ایران وایر (@iranwire) November 30, 2022
Iran’s defeat has sparked unusual celebrations in several Iranian cities, amid waves of protests that have been going on across the country since the death of young Kurdish woman Mahsa (Jina) Amini in police custody on 16 September, independent news outlet IranWire said.
IranWire posted a footage showing people dancing and cheering in celebration of the defeat of Iran's national football team, which is perceived by many as a symbol of the authoritarian regime.