In Iran, new death sentences after two months of protests

The Iranian judiciary on Wednesday November 16 announced three new death sentences against protesters who killed seven people in two days during the protest movement following the death of Mahsa Amini.

In the night from Tuesday to Wednesday there were scenes of violence in several cities. The protesters also marked the third anniversary of another movement, that of 2019, which was sparked by the also bloodily suppressed rise in fuel prices.

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Later Wednesday, attackers on motorcycles opened fire on protesters and law enforcement officials at a market in the southwestern Iranian city of Izeh, killing six and injuring at least ten, according to the Islamic Republic of Iran News Agency (or IRNA, for Islamic Republic News Agency, in English). This attack is attributed by the authorities “terrorist elements”, was not claimed. Three people were arrested, IRNA said.

Since September 16, the Islamic Republic has been rocked by a wave of protests after the killing of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who was arrested for violating a strict dress code that requires women to go out in public to wear the Islamic veil.

Five convictions since Sunday

Authorities describe most of the protesters as“rioters”, exploited by foreign powers. The judiciary on Wednesday handed down the death penalty to three people charged with their involvement in the demonstrations, the Judiciary Agency said Mizan Online, bringing the number of death sentences since Sunday to five.

One of these people drove his car into the police and killed one of them, the second injured a security guard with a bladed weapon and the third tried to block traffic and “spread terror”, according to the indictment. Despite the repression, the mobilization on the streets does not let up.

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“We will fight! We will die! We will take Iran back! »She called dozens of protesters around a fire in Tehran at night, according to a video published by online media on Wednesday 1500tasvir. In Iranian Kurdistan (Northwest), where Mahsa Amini came from, “Government forces opened fire” protesters in several cities and three of them were killed, two in Sanandaj and one in Kamyarana, Oslo-based human rights NGO Hengaw said Tuesday night.

On Wednesday, a protester, Burhan Karmi, was killed outside the home of the man who was killed the previous day in Kamyarana, Fuad Mohammadi, a shopkeeper whose relatives had gathered for his funeral, according to Hengaw. “Our brother Fuad is a hero, the martyr of Kurdistan”shouted the crowd according to videos posted online.

A call for a three-day mobilization between Tuesday and Thursday was launched to commemorate the incident “Bloody November” 2019, when protests in many cities resulted in deadly violence.

Fear of “mass executions”

As the official news agency IRNA reported, two revolutionary guards and a paramilitary were killed during protests in the Kurdish cities of Boukan and Kamyaran (northwest) and Shiraz (south) on Tuesday.

At least 342 protesters were killed in the crackdown on the movement, according to a new report released Wednesday by Iran Human Rights (IHR), an Oslo-based NGO. At least 15,000 people have been arrested, according to IHR, a number disputed by Tehran.

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In the southern province of Fars, 110 people, including 18 women, were arrested on Tuesday for blocking roads, damaging public property and throwing stones at security forces, according to IRNA.

“Protesters are denied access to lawyers during interrogation, subjected to physical and psychological torture to make false confessions, and convicted by Revolutionary Courts based on those confessions.”, said IHR director Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam. He denounced the death sentences imposed on protesters, characteristic of a “oppressive regime”and said to fear “mass executions”.

In London, the head of British intelligence, Ken McCallum, warned of this on Wednesday “direct threats” posed by Iran, which he accuses of trying “kidnap or kill” the British “perceived as enemies of the regime”.

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