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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2005 11:23 am    Post subject: 5 killed in riots after Iran – Japan football match Reply with quote

5 killed in riots after Iran – Japan football match
Fri. 25 Mar 2005
Iran Focus

Source: http://www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=1744

Tehran, 25. Mar – At least five people were killed and dozens left injured outside the Azadi stadium in Tehran after anti-government protests erupted at the end of the Iran–Japan World Cup qualifier football match this evening.

Eye-witnesses reported that the regime used special anti-riot units and hundreds of State Security Forces (SSF) to launch an offensive on the 100,000-strong crowd, after spectators started chanting anti-government slogans.

SSF commander Brig. Gen. Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf was present at the scene directing the crackdown.

Shortly after the start of the game, young people disfigured large portraits of Ayatollah Khomeini and the current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to witnesses.

Handmade firecrackers were reportedly hurdled at the SSF forces stationed around the stadium. State television stopped broadcasting images from the crowd once smoke from the firecrackers was apparent.

Young people set tires alight in Nour and Sadeqiyeh squares after the match.

Iranian authorities ban women spectators from attending football, yet thousands of women and teenage girls gathered outside the stadium chanting slogans against the ruling authorities.

Protestors chanted slogans calling for the overthrow of the regime and the establishment of democracy in Iran, according to one eye-witness.

Dozens of buses were damaged during the ensuing clashes which lasted for several hours.

There were unconfirmed reports of similar disturbances in several other Iranian cities, where anti-government protestors clashed with security forces.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2005 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An update on post Iran/Japan Soccer match street protests in Iran

Iran Press News: While hundreds of thousands of Iranians poured into the streets of cities all across Iran lastnight to both celebrate the victory of Iran over Japan in Friday 's Soccer match as well as to demonstrate their hatred of the Mullacracy, the regime's television broadcast admitted to the widespread protests calling the celebrants "fools and champions of exhibitionist foreign invaders."

The regime's television, in a political analysis fraught with intense distress and exhaustion requisitioned the U.S., saying: "if the U.S. has good intentions and does intend to make a deal with us, then they must back away from supporting exiled, anti-regime Iranian media abroad which is entirely responsible for inciting such revolts."

The whistle of the referee in the end of the Iran/Japan soccer game yesterday was the sign of the beginning of another [and more to come] of the anti-Islamic republic, nationwide demonstrations which in fact raged on throughout the night ending in the early hours of this morning.

People had come out in the streets of the nation and threw their homemade grenades and firecrackers (left over from the New Year's festival of fire) and in unison loudly chanted anti-regime slogans. As a result, the 9 o'clock news was continuously disrupted and the deafening sounds of the fireworks and grenades which had the anchors frightened, forced them to cut the live feed to reread the news over and over again.

Though the protests were intense and extensive, the protestors, as always were responsible and mindful not hurt anyone, continuously chanting their slogans; in certain parts of the capital plain-clothes mercenaries and the regime's thugs brutally attacked and waged bloodshed. In one of the city squares where people had gathered, many of the demonstrators were women who refused to keep the scarves and vails on. As the anti-riot forces attacked people with metal pipes, clubs and chains thousands began chanting in rhymes: "People join us and condemn the executioners and oppressors...death to dictators...get lost hired killer mercenaries..."

In several areas of Tehran, the streets were brimming with protestors into the farthest discernable distance. In one of the streets off of Fatemi Square, someone shrieked so loudly that the crowd rushed to see what had happened when a young woman who was removing her regulation Islamic overcoat and had begun dancing was fatally beaten by a revolutionary guard with a metal pipe in his hand. She fell to the ground, bleeding; the crowd rushed her to Khomeini hospital where due to severe head injury, she was pronounced dead in the early hours of today. Her friends told our reporter that she was 23 year old Meetra. The news of Meetra's death fuelled the protestor's anger and action against the regime was further intensified. People chanted: "Death to those who kill our freedom-fighters. Death to a puppet parliament; Death to armed despots..." and with this, the revolutionary guards and mercenaries and anti-riot guards continued attacking people with tear gas and various other forms of restraint.

In areas of northern Tehran, people chanted slogans directed at the U.S. administration: "Bush, Bush, support, protection..."

Upon hearing these slogans the revolutionary guards stormed the protestors but the enormity of the crowd alarmed them into recoiling down the street to join their core of their street command units; these units were comprised of knife and machete-wielding career criminals who began stabbing and slashing people. This however did not stop people from continuing the anti-regime slogans. They repeated: "Referendum, referendum instead of your phoney elections...we want no mullah, nor sheikh, we curse YOU, Ruhollah..."

The protestors have made a pact to once again pour out into the streets of Iran, on March 30th, right after the Iran/Korea Soccer match and they promise that next time, they will be stronger and more powerful than ever in confronting the Mullahs and their hired killers.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2005 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Celebration turns deadly in Tehran
International Herald Tribune - By Rob Hughes
Mar 28, 2005

The fullest range of human emotions, from triumphalism to national humiliation, are inevitably stirred when 80 countries around the globe compete over a weekend for places in the 2006 World Cup.

But all of the reactions are reduced to almost nothing by reports coming out of Tehran, where they are still counting the dead following Friday night's 2-1 victory for Iran over Japan in the Asian qualifying zone.

Heaven forbid that we ever become inured to injury, let alone death in and around the stadiums. Yet, because the flow of information is not quite open between Iran and the West, we are reliant on the Islamic Republic News Agency to update us, hour by hour, on the toll that began unfolding through Saturday and Sunday.

At the time of writing, the agency had confirmed that five people had been trampled to death and at least 40 injured, some of them seriously, in the rush of 100,000 people to leave the Azadi Stadium in the Iranian capital.

We have seen this before. Europe is approaching the 20th anniversary of the Heysel Stadium tragedy in Brussels, where 39 spectators, mostly Italians, were crushed to death by a collapsed wall before the European Cup final between Juventus and Liverpool.

The purpose of sport seems worthless at such times; loss of life can never be accepted as a consequence of games. Yet simultaneously in Iran and Japan on Sunday, they were holding different kinds of inquests.

The euphoria of Iran going to the top of the group contrasted to the recriminations in Tokyo, where Zico, the Brazilian who coaches Japan's team, was taking the blame for the faltering form of the last World Cup host.

Japan's heavyweight papers bicker over the apparent confusion and the disaffection some players feel toward Zico and his tactics.

One of the side effects of hiring a foreign coach is that you can kick his butt when he fails you.

But all of the blame culture, in all parts of the world, still pales alongside reports out of Iran. Those became enmeshed in other stories on nongovernment news outlets of demonstrators being killed, wounded or arrested in Tehran and other cities like Isfahan and Mashad after demonstrations against the state's "gender apartheid." (gee! you'd think so??!!)

In the fog of cross-reporting, we are no longer sure what is being reported. The government admits to "at least five" dead in the rush to get out of the stadium; other agencies report civil unrest coinciding with the game. ..........

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2005 2:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Islamic regime's leadership gathers on soccer riots
SMCCDI (Information Service)
Mar 27, 2005

Islamic regime's leadership slammed, today, several heads of the security services for what has been qualified as incompetence in making respect the Islamic State's rule and having allowed actions intending to diminish the respect of the Islamic republic.

Heated debates were made during a governmental meeting held in presence of Khatami and several members of his administration, as well as, of the Offices of the Supreme Leader, the Pasdaran Corp., the Bassij Militia, Greater Tehran's Law Enforcement Forces and the so-called 'National' Security Council.

Generals Tala-i and Ghalibaf were subject of sharp criticisms for not having been able to control the situation at Azadi (Freedom) Stadium and in the Capital following the riots which happened after the Iran-Japan Soccer game. Several Intelligence deputies were blamed for the lack of control in provincial cities.

Request was made to take by any way the official agreement of families of victims, killed Friday, on abandoning any complaint. Several arrested demonstrators are to make forced public confessions accusing the US and Israeli services of having formented the riots.

Studies and proper measurers have been requested for the control of the situation, especially, due to the approach of other soccer games and several key dates, such as, the anniversary of the sham 1979 referendum on the Islamic State, the anniversaries of June 2004 nightly riots and July 1999 students uprising.

Other preliminary games are scheduled to be played in the days and weeks ahead for Iran's qualification for the 2006 Soccer World Cup. The next one is to take place against the N. Korean team on the upcoming Wednesday (11:00 AM Iran's local time) in Pyong Yang which is the Capital of Islamic regime's closest ally and another member of the "axis of evil". The return game will be played in Tehran in mid June.

Especial orders were presented by the Offices of the Supreme Leader to fight any 'un-Islamic behavior' at the occasion of the Persian Sizdeh-Bedar celebration which is considered as another "pagan" tradition. This event which is to take place on this upcoming Saturday marks the end of the Persian New Year celebration and many Iranians, especially, women are sizing the occasion to dance and chant.

Such public expression of joy is forbidden for Iranian women due to Islamic texts and the theocratic state's "Gender Apartheid" policy.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2005 2:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Azadi casulties announced:

Hadi Rabi'i, 24
Rahim Shafafat, 65
Behrouzi Saddough, 45
Mojtaba Ibrahimzadeh, 30
Omid Coubdar-Khoshkhoo, 25
Seyyed Rahim Seyyed Hashemi, 20

May their souls rest in peace and this may never repeat again.
"May Ahura Mazda protect this land, this nation, from rancor, from foes, from falsehood, and from drought"

Koroush Kabir
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2005 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My son didn't get trampled to death in the Soccer Stadium; they Mullahs goons beat him to death

Iran Press News: The father of one of the young men killed in the Friday, Iran/Japan match said that after having viewed his son's body in the morgue, he observed that his son's body was unharmed from his neck down.

He had no abrasions that were consitant with being trampled under foot as the Mullahs claim.

His ears were hemorrhaging and one side of his face was severly bruised on one side.

Someone who gets trampled must be scarred and bruised all over his body. Others who were in attendence witnessed them beating him to death.

Radio Farda (Iranian radio broadcast - Radio Free Europe): Iranian authorities have claimed that the death and injuries of the Soccer fans was from the crush of people against closed gates especially in the upper bleachers that were free.

Based on the regime's coroner's report the following, are the names of those who lost their lives: Haadi Rabi'i, Rahim Shafaa'at, Omid Khoshkhoo, Rahim Seyed Hashemi, Mojtaba Ebrahimzadeh and Behrooz Fodoobi.

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