Protests in Iran: 24 more people are to be executed

Status: 10.12.2022 09:08 a.m

After the execution of Iranian rapper Mohsen Shekari, a list of 24 other names of demonstrators awaiting a death sentence has been circulated. The regime has been sharply criticized internationally.

In Iran, at least 24 demonstrators are threatened with execution after the ongoing protests. The Iranian daily “Etemad” published a list by the judiciary with 25 names of protesters who are accused of “waging war against God”. According to Islamic legal opinion, it carries the death sentence.

The list also includes the name of rap musician Mohsen Shekari, who was executed on Thursday. He was accused of attacking a member of the Basij paramilitary militia with a gun, causing terror and blocking a road.

First person executed after protests in Iran

Katharina Willinger, ARD Istanbul, daily news 5:00 p.m., December 8th, 2022

Demonstrators threaten retaliation

The execution was harshly condemned abroad. The German government has summoned the Iranian ambassador. Federal Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock accused the leadership in Tehran of “contempt for human beings” after the execution of the death sentence.

But the Iranian regime, including President Ebrahim Raisi, described the death sentence as a legitimate response to the protests in the country. The leadership in Tehran accuses other countries, including Germany, of fueling and organizing the protests.

The Iranian demonstrators threatened retaliation, for example with the message “Wait for our revenge”. Protest rallies are planned in several cities around the world over the weekend.

At least 470 people killed

The trigger for the protests, which have now been going on for more than two months, was the actions of the moral police. In mid-September, the Islamic moral guardians arrested 22-year-old Mahsa Amini because strands of hair were allegedly visible under her headscarf. Amini died a few days later in the custody of the vice squad.

Since then, the demonstrators have been demanding an end to the dress code and, in many cases, the end of the Islamist regime as well. Human rights activists assume that more than 18,000 people have been arrested and at least 470 killed.

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