According to new reports, Iran’s Western Asia has released over 700 prisoners. The prisoners were released following the national team’s World Cup victory over Wales.
Following the 2-0 victory on Friday, the country announced the release of 709 detainees from various prisons throughout the country.
Some of those detained were arrested during recent events, according to Mizan Online, an indirect reference to the demonstrations that have shaken Iran for more than two months.
It didn’t go into any further detail.
The ongoing protests were sparked by the death in custody on September 16 of Mahsa Amini, 22, after her arrest by morality police for allegedly violating Iran’s strict dress rules for women.
Other Iranian media outlets reported separately that prominent Iranian actor Hengameh Ghaziani had been released on bail following her arrest for supporting the protests.
According to reports, two of the most prominent figures detained in connection with the protests, former international footballer Voria Ghafouri and dissident Hossein Ronaghi, were also released on bail.
According to the state news agency IRNA, former state television host Mahmoud Shahriari, 63, was released on Monday after serving two months in prison for “encouraging riots.”
Iran stunned Wales with two goals deep into stoppage time on Friday, reviving its World Cup campaign ahead of a politically charged clash with the United States on Tuesday.
Iran was defeated 6-2 by England in its first World Cup match.
According to Iran’s judiciary, over 2,000 people have been charged since the protests began.
According to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk, approximately 14,000 people have been arrested.