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Monday, November 21, 2022

BURN VIDEO FOOTAGE: Protesters have set fire to the ancestral home of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

All Iranian players refused to sing the national anthem of the Mullahs from 1990 before kick-off against England. 

The Iranian opposition uses “Ey Irân", a patriotic song from 1944, as the country's unofficial national anthem.

Protesters in Iran have set on fire the ancestral home of the Islamic republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini as two months of anti-regime demonstrations show no let up.

The house in the city of Khomein in the western Markazi province was shown ablaze late on Thursday with crowds of jubilant protesters marching past, according to images posted on social media, verified by AFP.

Khomeini is said to have been born at the house in the town of Khomein – from where his surname derives – at the turn of the century.

He became a cleric deeply critical of the US-backed shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, moved into exile and then returned in triumph from France in 1979 to lead the Islamic revolution.

Khomeini died in 1989 but remains the subject of adulation by the clerical leadership under his successor, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The house was later turned into a museum commemorating Khomeini. It was not immediately clear what damage it sustained.

Iran’s Tasnim news agency later denied there had been a fire, saying the “door of the historic house is open to visitors”.

“The counter-revolutionary media tries to create turmoil by spreading lies and false information. The burning down of Imam Khomeini’s historic house, a place with spiritual value to Iranians, was one of those lies,” the deputy goveronor of Markazi province, Behnam Nazari, was quoted as saying.

The protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, who had been arrested by the morality police, pose the biggest challenge from the street to Iran’s leaders since the 1979 revolution.

They were fuelled by anger over the obligatory headscarf for women imposed by Khomeini but have turned into a movement calling for an end to the Islamic republic itself.

Images of Khomeini have on occasion been torched or defaced by protesters, in taboo-breaking acts against a figure whose death is still marked each June with a holiday for mourning.

On Friday, mourners at the funeral of a young boy whose family say was killed by Iranian security forces chanted anti-regime slogans and ridiculed the official account of his death.

Players on the Iranian national soccer team kept a defiant silence as their national anthem played ahead of their World Cup opener against England in Qatar on Monday — an apparent protest of the theocratic government’s months-long violent crackdown on widespread protests.

As a TV camera supplying a worldwide feed panned down Iran’s starting lineup, one player after the other stood stone-faced with their arms around each other’s shoulders.

Multiple reports also indicated that some Iranian fans booed the anthem at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.

Iran has been rocked by demonstrations since the September death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody after she was arrested for improperly wearing a hijab, violating the country’s strict dress code for women.

In the 22nd minute of Monday’s match, some fans began chanting Amini’s name, but the chant quickly faded out and was replaced by “Iran.”

Many Iran fans wore T-shirts or held signs printed with the mantra of the uprising — “Woman, Life, Freedom.” Others wore shirts bearing the names of female protesters killed by Iranian security forces in recent weeks.


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