A political graffiti in Tehran’s Ekbatan neighborhood I support of the protests that reads “We will be back on streets”

Protests Continue In Capital After Tehran Derby

Thursday, 06/01/2023

Despite severe repressions, the protests against the clerical regime continued Wednesday night.

People in several districts of Tehran held gatherings after Persepolis soccer club won the Hazfi cup.

In the restive Ekbatan neighborhood west of Tehran, protesters chanted slogans against Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei saying, “So Many Years of Crime, Death to the Leader”.

Another video shows people urging the release of imprisoned rapper Toomaj Salehi during the Wednesday night protests.

Earlier in the day, and during the final match of Hazfi cup between two popular soccer clubs of Tehran, fans shouted the name of two dissident players Ali Karimi and Voria Ghafouri.

Voria Ghafouri, the popular former captain of Iran's top football club Esteghlal, had earlier announced he is going to end his professional career on Wednesday during the derby match between Esteghlal and Persepolis.

However, the security agents reportedly did not let the popular footballer enter the stadium in fear of anti-regime protests and slogans.

The football star who was fired from his team for criticizing the government, decided to retire very soon but not to give in to the regime’s demands. His early retirement drew reactions from opposition figures including Masih Alinejad who praised his decision.

Amid the extreme suppression of protesters, Iranians take every single opportunity to express anger at the Islamic Republic and its brutalities.

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