Iran carries out first execution of protesters sentenced to death for protests

Shekari was hanged this Thursday; at least 28 people, including three minors, could be executed in the country in connection with the mobilization

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Iran executes demonstrators protesting for Mahsa Amini

O Will carried out the first execution of demonstrators sentenced to death for protests against the death of Mahsa Amini this Thursday, 8. A man, identified as Shekari, was hanged for having been convicted of blocking a street and wounding a member of the Basij paramilitary force. According to Mizan Online, the preliminary verdict in the case was announced on November 1 by the Tehran Revolutionary Court and the Supreme Court rejected an appeal on November 20, which led to the execution of the sentence. Iranian justice claims that Shekari pleaded guilty to having fought and drawing “a weapon with the intent to kill, provoke terror and disturb order and security in society”. The Basij is a paramilitary force linked to the Revolutionary Guard, Iran’s ideological army. “He intentionally wounded a basij with a bladed weapon while he was performing his duty and blocked Sattar Khan Street in Tehran,” the agency said. Another 10 defendants risk the same fate for participating in the protests. At least 28 people, including three minors, could be executed in the country in connection with the mobilization, said on December 2 the NGO Amnesty International (AI), which also called the processes against the demonstrators a “farce” and accused Tehran to use “the death penalty as a tool of political repression to instill fear among the people and end popular uprising”.

Since September 16, hundreds of people have taken to the streets of Iran to demonstrate against the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish girl who died after being taken away by the morality police for wearing inappropriate clothing. Demonstrations have been led by women, university students and high school students, who have removed their veils in public and chanted anti-government slogans, directly confronting security forces. Shekari’s death reverberated on the international scene. “The execution of Mohsen Shekari must provoke strong reactions, otherwise we will face daily executions of demonstrators,” said Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, director of the Oslo-based NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR). “The execution must have practical consequences quickly and at an international level,” tweeted the activist who claimed that Shejari was “sentenced to death in a judicial farce, without due process of law”. “To take one person’s life is to take everyone’s life. Do you have enough strength?”, tweeted freedom of expression activist Hosein Ronaghi, recently released from prison, warned the government that “the execution of any protester will have serious consequences for you”. According to a balance sheet published on Wednesday, the IHR states that the repression of the protests has caused at least 458 deaths, including 63 minors. Iranian justice reported that more than 2,000 people had been indicted.

*With information from AFP

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