Iran kicks off Qatar World Cup divided by protests back home

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Iran’s opening World Cup match against England on Monday is likely to be overshadowed by a deadly crackdown on women-led protests back home. The nation of 80 million people is normally united by football but is reeling after two months of nationwide protests since the death of Mahsa Amini in morality police custody on 16 September. Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian died three days after her arrest in Tehran over an alleged breach of the Islamic Republic’s dress code for women, which includes the mandatory hijab headscarf. Her Kurdish first name can be spelt “Zhina” or “Jina”. The crackdown …

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