Iranians ride through Tehran with Union Jack as England win slap in the face of regime


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Iranian football fans have been filmed openly celebrating their considerable defeat to England in the Qatar World Cup, with one man caught flying the Union Jack flag as he motorcycled through the capital of Tehran. In further protests against the clerical regime, in which women are punished for not adhering to strict Islamic dress codes and those who oppose the theocracy are brutally murdered for speaking out, football fans have claimed they “want Iran to lose” in the World Cup. The Iranian football team, who will play Wales in their second Group B match on Friday, are refusing to sing the national anthem before they play in further slights to the regime, while several players have declined to even represent their country in Qatar. While the World Cup is intended to be a time for a nation to unite behind their football team, Iranian citizens, infuriated by a regime that has been killing them in their hundreds, have used the tournament as a springboard to show their dissent. In footage released online, Iranians could be heard cheering in the street as their team were beaten 6-2 by England on Monday. In Tehran, a man proudly draped the Union Jack flag over his shoulders as he made his way through the capital on a motorcycle. The man who filmed the motorcyclist from his car said: “People are happy because of England’s victory.Kamran, a linguistics professor who lives in the northern Iranian province of Mazandaran, said: “The protest movement has overshadowed the football. I want Iran to lose these games.”One teenager attending high school in Tehran said she “really does not care” about the plight of her team in the World Cup following the brutal crackdown of the regime on its people. Anusha, 17, said: “A few months ago I would have said of course I want Iran to win against England and America. Now, it’s strange. I really don’t care.” Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has presided over the Ismalic regime in Iran since 1989, may have hoped that the nation’s football squad would have reignited pride in the country. But even the football players in Qatar, where a discriminatory interpretation of Sharia law similar to the one applied in Iran is upheld, have spoken against Khamenei and his regime. READ MORE: ‘Defiant Iranian football team faces wrath of Ayatollah regime’ [OPINION] Ahead of the game yesterday, Iran’s players refused to sing their national anthem. The music, blared out from the Khalifa International Stadium speakers, was met with only boos and jeering. As the squad stood silent, Iranians in attendance in the crowds held up anti-regime banners and wore t-shirts decrying Khamenei. Before the game, Iranian team captain Ehsan Hajsafi spoke out against the conditions to which the people living under Khamenei and hardline President Ebrahim Raisi are subjected.“We have to accept that conditions in our country are not right and our people are not happy. They should know that we are with them. And we support them. And we sympathise with them regarding the conditions,” Mr Hajsafi said.DON’T MISS: Iran stars refuse to sing national anthem vs England in protest [REVEAL] Iranian activists take social media by storm as they ‘harm Republic’ [REPORT] Tragedy as 9-year-old boy among those shot in Iran unrest [INSIGHT] Catherine Perez-Shakdam, a specialist in Iran at the Henry Jackson Society, suggested that both the players and the rebellious fans will likely be “punished severely” for their actions. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, responsible for quashing the protests and defending the regime’s elite, have killed hundreds of citizens in the past two months, with deaths reported in 25 of 31 provinces. The UN high commissioner for human rights, Volker Türk, said on Tuesday that the rising number of deaths at protests in Iran, including those of two children at the weekend, “and the hardening of the response by security forces, underline the critical situation in the country”.Struggling to contain the Iranain revolution, the IRGC have resorted to opening fire on protesters in the streets, indiscriminately killing anyone in their way, including nine-year-old Kian Pirfalak last week as the boy travelled home with his father. READ NEXT: Iran on brink of regime change as ‘pressure on the streets’ growsIranian citizens flee for their lives as forces open fire in station Iranian describes life of fear as government plans ‘mass execution’Child dies after Iranian troops ‘open fire’ on protestersGet a Roku Express for £3.41! Black Friday trick gets you Fire TV rival for bargain price 


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