A second execution in Iran, despite outcry

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A second; execution in Iran, despite public outcry

Majidreza Rahnavard was executed by hanging in public on Monday for , according to the authorities, killed two members of the security forces and injured four people. Opponents claim he confessed to these crimes under torture.

Iran on Monday executed by hanging a second man convicted in connection with protests that have rocked the country for three months, once again sparking outrage among Westerners.

Majidreza Rahnavard, 23, had been sentenced to death for stabbing to death two members of the security forces and injuring four people, according to Mizan online, the agency of the Judicial Authority. He was hanged in public in Mashhad, in northeastern Iran.

This is the second execution linked to the protest triggered by the death of the young Iranian Kurd Mahsa Amini on September 16, but the first in public, after the hanging on December 8 of Mohsen Shekari, also 23 years old. convicted of attacking and injuring a paramilitary man.

Mizan online posted footage of the execution, apparently taken before dawn, showing a man with hands tied behind the back hanging from a rope attached to a crane.

After the outcry caused by that of Mohsen Shekari, Westerners strongly condemned Monday this new execution, which took place in particularly cruel circumstances, underlined the secretary general of the UN Antonio Guterres, quoted by his spokesperson.

Executions in Iran are designed to silence the opposition and show how Iranian leaders are actually afraid of their own people, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said. /p>

France said the executions could not take the place of a response to the protests, and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock denounced a blatant attempt to intimidate protesters.

The European Union announced new sanctions on Monday, targeting a senior Shiite cleric, fifteen military officials and four Iranian state radio and television officials, now blacklisted as people banned from entering Iran. entry into the EU.

“The public execution of a young protester, 23 days after his arrest, marks a significant escalation in the level violence against protesters.

— Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, director of human rights group Iran Human Rights

For three months, Iran has been rocked by protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who lost her life after being arrested by vice squad for violating the country's dress code.

Since its beginnings in 1979, the Islamic Republic has been regularly rocked by bouts of fever.

But this crisis is unprecedented in its duration, its dispersion across the provinces, the participation of different ethnic groups and social classes and the direct calls for the end of the regime.

At least 458 people have been killed in the crackdown on protests, according to a latest IHR tally, and at least 14,000 have been arrested, according to the UN.

The Supreme National Security Council said on Saturday that more than 200 people had been killed. A general of the Revolutionary Guards had reported more than 300 dead.

Iranians have not been angry with the regime since the death in September of Mahsa Amini, 22, after his arrest by the police of the manners because she did not wear her veil properly.

Testimonies circulating before his execution described Majidreza Rahnavard as a young man with a passion for sports and a love of wrestling, who had won competitions.

Online media 1500tasvir claims that his family was not informed of the execution until after the hanging. He publishes photos of a last meeting between Majidreza Rahnavard and his mother, and specifies that the latter was unaware that her son was about to be executed.

Iranian justice says it has sentenced 11 people to death in connection with the recent protests. Human rights defenders say a dozen others face the death penalty.

“No due process. Mock trials. This is how they want to stop the nationwide protests.

— Omid Memarian, Iran analyst at Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN)

Fighting back to previous Western sanctions, Iran announced on Monday that it had sanctioned the British internal intelligence agency MI5, British military officials as well as German political figures.

Ahead of the announcement of the second execution, Iranian Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi urged authorities on Instagram to end the executions: Killing and executing helpless youths and oppressed will only bring you more anger and more hatred.

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