Iran: Protesters executed and journalist arrested in post-protest crackdown

Iran: Protesters executed and journalist arrested in post-protest crackdown

Iran: Protesters executed and journalist arrested in post-protest crackdown



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Iran executed two men on Saturday, according to the state-linked Fars News, bringing the total number of people executed in protests that swept the country since September to four.

Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Seyed Mohammad Hosseini were hanged early Saturday morning, Fars News reported. According to the Iranian news agency Mizan, a couple who allegedly took part in anti-regime protests last year were convicted of killing Seyed Ruhollah Ajamian, a member of the Basij paramilitary forces, in Karaj on November 3.

Mohammad Hossein Aghasi, a lawyer representing Karami, tweeted on Saturday that Karami had not been given the final right to speak to his family before his execution. The lawyer added that Karami went on a hunger strike on Wednesday as a protest against officials who did not allow Aghasi to represent him.

In December, Karami’s parents appealed to social media to save his life. “Please, please, please, please withdraw the execution order from my son’s file,” said the father of the 21-year-old karate champion.

As many as 41 more protesters have been sentenced to death in Iran, according to statements from both Iranian officials and Iranian media reviewed by CNN and 1500Tasvir, but the number could be much higher.

Meanwhile, the political editor of the independent Iranian newspaper Etemad Online, Mehdi Beyk, was detained on Thursday, according to a tweet from the publication. The arrest came as part of a crackdown by Iranian authorities following protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini last year after she was detained by the state’s morality police for allegedly wearing a hijab inappropriately. Since then, the protests have centered around a series of claims against the authoritarian regime.

Mehdi Beyk is seen in a photo published by his wife, Zahra Beyk, after his arrest.

Beyk was detained by Iranian Information Ministry officials, his wife Zahra Beyk said on Friday.

He was arrested after “interrogating the families of several people arrested during the ongoing demonstrations,” according to the pro-reform website IranWire.

“The journalist’s mobile phone, laptop and belongings were confiscated,” his wife tweeted. For now, it is not clear why Beyk was arrested.

Iranian officials had previously arrested several people for criticizing the government’s response to the demonstrations.

One of Iran’s most famous actresses, Taraneh Alidoosti, was released on bail on Wednesday after being arrested after she criticized the execution of a protester.

Alidoosti, known as a feminist activist, posted a photo on Instagram last month of herself without the Islamic hijab and holding a sign reading “Women, Life, Freedom” to show her support for the protest movement.

Alidoosti has not been formally charged but was initially arrested for “lack of evidence to support her claims” over her protest against the hanging of Mohsen Shekari last month in the first known protest-related execution.

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