Security forces attack Azeri fans in Tehran stadium

From The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer Sun Dec 9 2012, 10:44:14

By James M. Dorsey

Iranian security forces attacked supporters of Traktor Sazi FC, the foremost soccer club in Tabriz, the capital of Iran's Turkic East Azerbaijan province, highlighting mounting ethnic tension in the Islamic republic fuelled by economic hardship resulting from harsh international sanctions and controversial economic policies.

Witnesses and press reports said the attack took place during Traktor Sazi's away fr4om home match earlier this month against Tehran's Persepolis FC in the capital's Azadi stadium. It was not immediately clear whether there were any casualties or whether Traktor supporters, who have a history of political protest in stadiums, were arrested.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse

People and Organizations:

You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Egypt:   New NGO Draft Law Further Undermines Fundamental Human Rights (press release)
Alkarama Foundation
29 September 2016

On 8 September 2016, the Cabinet of Egypt approved an alarming draft NGO law that is currently under review by the Egyptian Council of State. In light of the worrisome content of the draft law that ... [read more]

Egypt:   Divorce Rate Rises 83 Percent in 20 Years - Capmas (news)
Aswat Masriya
29 September 2016

The divorce rate in 2015 has increased by 83 percent compared to 1996, a study by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) said. According to the study, the divorce rate ... [read more]

Egypt:   Egypt Court Orders Release of Journalist, Two Others Accused of Inciting Protests (news)
Aswat Masriya
29 September 2016

A criminal court ordered the release of journalist Mahmoud al-Saqqa and two others on bail on Thursday around five months after their arrest for inciting protests. Defence lawyer Mokhtar Mounir said ... [read more]

blogAfrica is's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!