Iran’s Execution of Protester Will Only Strengthen Uprising, Says Activist

Iranian democracy activists have told Newsweek that the execution of a man linked to protests in the Islamic Republic will fuel the agitation against the ruling regime even more, adding that the international community should also act against Tehran.

Mohsen Shekari was hanged on Thursday morning following his death sentence on October 23, according to the news agency Mizan Online. The 23-year-old was reportedly convicted of “waging war against God” for stabbing a member of the Basij paramilitary force during a protest in Tehran on September 25. It was the first execution connected to the protests publicly reported by state media.

A Revolutionary Court was told Shekari had used a machete to attack a member of the Basij force, which is linked to the feared Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) often deployed to quell protests.

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