Iran carries out ‘first execution’ over anti-Government protests

Iran carries out ‘first execution’ over anti-Government protests

Iran has carried out the first execution of a protester convicted following the anti-Government protests in the state.

Mohsen Shekari was accused of blocking a street and attacking a security official with a machete during the protests which sparked following the death of Mahsa Amini earlier this year.

According to Iran’s Tasnim news agency, Ms Shkari was found guilty of “enmity against God” by a Revolutionary Guard Court on Thursday morning.

Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, director of Norway-based non-government organisation Iran Human Rights, warned that daily executions may now take place in the country unless there is a strong international backlash against the regime.

He said: “The execution of Mohsen Shekari must be met with strong reactions otherwise we will be facing daily executions of protesters.

“This execution must have rapid practical consequences internationally.”

Up to 11 people have been handed the death penalty in connection with the protests which sparked in September after Ms Amini died while in police custody.

Although Iranian officials have denied the claims made against the regime, Ms Amini was reportedly detained by Iran’s morality police for wearing her hijab “improperly”.

Following the death of the 22-year-old, the Iranian government has faced protests across the country which has resulted in the arrests of 18,240 people, and the deaths of a further 475 according to the Human Rights Activists News Agency.

In light of the protests, Iranian state media has reported that the morality police has now been disbanded.