Iran executes first known prisoner arrested in protests

December 8, 2022
Skyline of Tehran, Iran

Mohsen gave his life for freedom. He wanted a normal life. One more brave soul killed by this bloody regime.

Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist living in New York, wrote on Twitter. Mohsen Shekari is the first known person to be executed by Iranian authorities since the anti-government protests began nearly three months ago.

Why It Matters: Mohsen Shekari was hanged after being arrested for reportedly blocking a street and injuring a militia member, Iranian state media reported. He is one of 11 known people to be given the death sentence, though his execution is the first known case that has been carried out. The anti-government protests in Iran are the most significant challenge against the Islamic Republic since its formation in 1979.

Important Context: NBC News reports: "At least 475 people have been killed and 18,000 others arrested, according to the Washington area-based watchdog group Human Rights Activists in Iran. Iran’s Interior Ministry said Saturday the death toll was 200, including security forces who were killed." It was reported earlier this week that Iran's "morality police" (whose custody 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in, sparking the protests which began in September) would be dismantled, however, there has been no official order to end the program.

Iran carries out first known execution over protests, alarming activists (NBC News)

Mohsen Shekari: Iran carries out first execution over protests (BBC)

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