Iranian fans savour victory but wrangle over protests

[Produced with Reuters colleagues Martin Petty and Charlotte Bruneau and published here on November 25, 2022]

AL RAYYAN, Qatar, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Iran’s national soccer team sang during the playing of their national anthem at their second World Cup match against Wales on Friday having refrained from doing so in their opening game earlier this week in apparent support for protesters back home.

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In Iraq, protesters in last stand against a former ally | AFP

[Published here February 7, 2020]

Baghdad (AFP) – They once stood side by side against tear gas and bullets, protesting together against Iraq’s government. But after cleric Moqtada Sadr’s followers switched sides, young activists feel vulnerable and betrayed.

“We used to distribute food to their protest tents in the first days of the demonstrations — and this is how they treat us?” said Mona, a medic and activist in Baghdad.

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