Iran's Courageous Football Team Stands Up - Nidhi Razdan on the Hot Mic

Players of Iranian football team refused to sing national anthem ahead of their first match against England at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar . This was to express sympathy with demonstrators back home .

Hello, this is Hot Mic, and I am Nidhi Razdan.Take a look at this image before starting.Players of Iran's football team refused to sing the national anthem ahead of their first match against England at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, making it an unexpected sight.This was to express sympathy with demonstrators back home.

Over the weekend, defender Ehsan Hajsafi became the first Iranian player to speak out in favor of the demonstrations, claiming that they should know that we are with them and that we understand them in this situation.It is also unclear what consequences they will face back home.Iran's beach football, water polo, and basketball teams have all refused to perform the national anthem, according to the group.Iranian fans in Qatar also expressed sympathy for demonstrators back home, sporting T-shirts quoting Women Life Liberation, the popular chanting style of the movement that has emerged since the death of a young woman in September.

What are the demonstrations really about?Since the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old girl who reportedly died in prison after being arrested for wearing her hijab incorrectly, Iran has seen a surge in anti-government demonstrations in recent months.Women are forbidden from dressing modestly and eat meat in Iran.Amini suffered a sudden heart attack and collapsed, according to police.

But this, in turn, sparked a lot of outrage and was responsible for the country's violent protests of today.The demonstrations, initially led by women, have now evolved into the regime's most popular anti-government demonstrations since it came to power in the 1979 Islamic Revolution.We've seen footage of Iranian women taking off their headscarves and curling their hair in protest.Women, men, and people of all ages have joined together in this fight, pushing security forces to take action even harder.

Iran, on the other hand, has a fascinating and complicated past.Reza Shah Pahlavi, the father of the Shah, deposed in 1979, banned the veil in public.Women were also forbidden to wear it because he was trying to westernize Iran.Many conservative religious women are therefore confined to their homes.

The hijab was eventually adopted as the embodiment of Irans national identity, and after the 1979 revolution, it was restored to center stage in Iranian politics, becoming a symbol of the new regime's Islamic identity, and ironically, making it compulsory enabled a lot of women in Iran to attend school, which opened their eyes to the challenges they were faced.The killing of Aminis has only ignited a fire that had already existed.This week, the UN's top human rights body meets to discuss starting an international probe into the shocking crackdown on Iran's mass protests.Diplomats will address a draft resolution submitted by Germany and Iceland during Thursdays session, urging the council to launch a high-level international probe into all suspected terrorist offences connected with the protests.

The proposed paper also encourages Tehran to cooperate fully with investigators who, it said, will complete the investigation in March of 2024.Featured Video Of The DayNew CCTV video Of AAP Minister Jaild After No Proper Food Charge

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