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Mehrshad Shahidi

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Name: Mehrshad Shahidi
Father's Name: Unknown
Mother's Name: Unknown
City of Birth: Arak
State of Birth: Markazi
Date of Birth: 2002-10-28
City of Death: Arak
State of Death: Markazi
Date of Death: 2022-10-27

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Mehrshad Shahidi Nejad Monfared Tehrani, known for his passion for cooking and vibrant presence on social media, tragically lost his life amidst the sweeping protests in Iran in 2021, a day shy of his 20th birthday. His demise on October 25, 2022, has ignited further outrage and demonstrations across the nation, particularly poignant during his funeral which became a focal point for anti-government sentiment. Mehrshad, a celebrated young chef at Arak’s Boote Restaurant and a student of hospitality at the University of Arak, was also an accomplished athlete, boasting championships in gymnastics, bodybuilding, volleyball, mountain biking, and swimming.

The circumstances of his death have sparked significant controversy and criticism against the Iranian authorities. Arrested during the anti-hijab protests, Mehrshad reportedly suffered fatal injuries following a brutal beating by the intelligence unit of the country’s Revolutionary Guard, challenging official narratives that attempted to downplay the violence inflicted upon him. The public mourning of his death, met with resistance by security forces, underscores the deep-seated unrest and the profound impact of his loss on the community.

Mehrshad’s story, from his life as a promising chef and athlete to his untimely death, reflects the broader struggle and resilience of the Iranian people in the face of repressive governmental actions. His funeral, attended by a vast crowd despite governmental efforts to quell dissent, and the widespread protests that followed, are indicative of the burgeoning movement against the regime’s harsh policies and the collective mourning of a young, bright talent whose life was cut tragically short by the very forces meant to protect citizens.

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