Iran votes to execute protesters, says rebels need ‘hard lesson’

Iran votes to execute protesters, says rebels need ‘hard lesson’

Iran votes to execute protesters, says rebels need ‘hard lesson’

Iran’s parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of the death penalty for the protesters on Tuesday, after many calls for harsher sentences in recent days.

Iran lives unprecedented level of protests and posthumous civil unrest Mahsa Amini on September 16, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman was arrested by the country’s “morality police” for wearing an “inappropriate” hijab during a visit to Tehran and was allegedly severely beaten while in custody. He is believed to have died of a fatal head injury as a result of the beating, but Iranian authorities have denied the allegation.

After Amini’s death, large-scale protests took place, the likes of which Iran had not seen in decades. Women protesters were especially caught to burn their hijabs and cut their hair in public in defiance of the rules set by Iran’s Islamic government under the leadership. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

In recent days, Iranian lawmakers have called for strict punishment of the protesters who were arrested. on monday CNN: reports that the letter signed by 227 deputies of the Iranian Parliament calls for a severe punishment for the protesters, which “will serve as a good lesson in the shortest possible time”.

Iran votes to execute protesters, says rebels need ‘hard lesson’
Protests in Tehran, Iran, following the death of Mahsa Amini in September 2022. Iran’s parliament has decisively voted in favor of imposing the death penalty for those accused in connection with the demonstrations.
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“Now the public, even the protesters who do not support the riots, demand that the judicial authorities and security agencies deal with the few people who caused the riots in a firm, restrained and legal way,” said Iranian government spokesman Masoud Setayeshi. Reuters reports.

Parliament did just that on Tuesday, voting to impose the death penalty on all detained protesters as a “severe lesson” for all rebels. The majority in favor of the penalty was substantial, 227 out of a total of 290 members, matching the number of lawmakers who signed the letter.

It is unclear when the executions will be carried out, but the task will be potentially significant. As of Thursday, CNN reported, about 14,000 people had been arrested in connection with the latest protests. Karim Sajjadpour, a fellow at the Carnegie Endowment, said Tuesday that the number is closer to 15,000.

“In the last 8 weeks, the Iranian regime has killed more than 300 protesters, jailed nearly 15,000 and threatened to execute hundreds of people, but the women of Iran remain,” Sadjadpour tweeted. “Today, university students took off their imposed hijab and chanted: I am a free woman.”

Several prominent figures in Iran are calling for a response from foreign governments.

“It’s upsetting. After 100 protesters were killed and violently suppressed in the streets in Iran, 227 MPs called the protesters “Mohareb” and asked the judicial authorities to issue “retribution” verdicts. [execution]”, journalist Omid Memarian wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “The world must react. Dangerous!”

In response to the parliamentary vote, activist and journalist Masih Alinejad tweeted: “227 members of Iran’s 290-seat parliament have called on the judiciary to impose the death penalty on people arrested during the ongoing uprising. They want to execute the innocent protesters who were chanting. Woman Life Freedom: The world must stop this terrorism.”

Newsweek The Iranian government has been contacted for comment.

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