Iran media blames humiliating World Cup loss on protests
This year’s FIFA (“Federation Internationale de Football Association,” the international governing body of soccer) World Cup in South Africa was a disaster for Iran, which was ousted from the tournament four years ago. Instead of providing a show of unity at the tournament, however, the Islamic Republic has fallen into a conflict between the government and the protesters who have taken to the streets following the vote.
Iranian media outlets have now begun blaming the protests on the lack of freedom in the country and the lack of freedom of speech. The Tehran Post was the first to blame the protests on the lack of freedom in the country.
Fereidoun Fesharaki, the general secretary of the National Council for Peace and Democracy, a non-governmental organization involved in the protests, accused the World Cup of being a sign of Western imperialism.
“The World Cup is a reminder that in many Middle East countries, freedom of speech has been destroyed. If you support the World Cup, you support a form of Western imperialism,” he said.
Tehran Times said that the protests were caused by low wages, bad conditions, and an inability to get jobs. The paper noted that the protests were not connected to poverty or the World Cup.
“The protest movement was sparked by the fact that wages in the Iranian economy remain low, and the protesters want a government job, where they will be given a salary,” the paper noted.
The paper continued:
“However, there are also several other problems with Iran’s economic situation. The protests are not connected to poverty or unemployment. They say that the protests were sparked by high taxes, which is true, but the protesters also want the government to pay less of the taxes.”
The article also noted the protests taking place across the Muslim world, noting that the protests were not just in Iran.
“In Egypt, the protests are also connected to the lack of freedom of speech,” the article noted.
In addition, the article noted the fact that the protests in Tunisia were not connected to the poverty of the