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In Iran, first execution of a man involved in the demonstrations

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Iran executed this Thursday, December 8 for the first time since the beginning of the demonstrations which shook the country, a man accused of having injured a paramilitary after blocking traffic on an avenue in Tehran, human rights activists denouncing “spectacle trial”.

The Islamic Republic is the scene of a protest movement sparked by the death on September 16 of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd who died after her arrest by the morality police. The latter accused her of having violated the strict dress code of the Islamic Republic imposing in particular the wearing of the veil for women.

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“Mohsen Shekari, a rioter who blocked Sattar Khan Boulevard on September 25 and stabbed a Bassij with a machete, was executed Thursday morning in Tehran”, specifies the agency Mizan Online. A total of ten people risk death for their participation in the protests.

A conviction “without due process”

According to the judiciary body, Mohsen Shekari had been accused of being a “enemy of God” and sentenced by the Tehran Revolutionary Court on 1er november. His appeal was dismissed by the Supreme Court on November 20 making the sentence enforceable.

His execution was denounced by human rights activists abroad. “The execution of Mohsen Shekari must provoke strong reactions, otherwise we will face daily executions of protesters”said Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, director of Oslo-based Iran Human Rights (IHR).

Shekari has been “sentenced to death in show trials without due process”he said on Twitter. “This execution must have rapid practical consequences at the international level. »

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The judicial authority specifies this Thursday that Mohsen Shekari was found guilty of having drawn “his weapon with the intention of killing, causing terror and disturbing the order and security of society”. “He intentionally injured a Bassij with a knife, [une blessure] which required thirteen stitches when he [le Bassidj] did his duty, and [Mohsen Shekari] blocked Sattar Khan Street in Tehran”adds the agency.

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On Tuesday, an Iranian court handed down the death penalty to five people for killing a paramilitary during protests, a move condemned by human rights activists as a way to “spread fear” and stop the protests.

These sentences bring to eleven the number of death sentences, verdicts denounced by Amnesty International as having been pronounced at the end of “mock trial”.

2,000 people charged following the riots

Since the beginning of the demonstrations in mid-September, the authorities have denounced “riots”regularly accusing the United States and its Western allies as well as Kurdish groups based abroad, of being the instigators of this unprecedented protest movement.

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Thousands of people including journalists, actors and lawyers have been detained during the demonstrations carried out since the death of Mahsa Amini by women, university students and schoolgirls with a flagship slogan: “Woman, life, freedom”.

During the largely peaceful rallies, protesters took off and burned their headscarves in the streets, chanted anti-government slogans and clashed with security forces.

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The repression of the movement has already killed at least 458 people since mid-September, according to a report released Wednesday by Iran Human Rights. More than 2,000 people have been charged, half of them in Tehran, since the start of the protest, according to official figures from the Iranian justice system.

The Supreme National Security Council said on Saturday that “more than 200 people” including civilians and security forces had been killed. A general of the Revolutionary Guards had previously reported more than 300 dead.

On November 24, the UN Human Rights Council set up an international commission of inquiry into the repression of demonstrations in Iran. At least 28 people, including three minors, could be executed in connection with the protest, Amnesty said in a statement released on December 2. The NGO accuses the authorities of using the death penalty as “a tool of political repression with the aim of instilling fear among the population and ending” to the dispute.

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