On Thursday, December 8, 2022, the Judiciary’s Mizan news agency announced that the imprisoned protester Mohsen Shekari, 23, was hanged. “Mohsen Shekari, a rioter who blocked Sattar Khan street on December 23, 2022, in Tehran and wounded one of the security guards with a machete, was executed this morning,” Mizan wrote.
“This crime shows the regime’s fear in the face of the uprising; youths will not leave it unanswered,” said Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. “International call to adopt effective measures against the regime to stop executions, regime embassies must be closed, diplomats, Revolutionary Guards, and Intelligence Ministry agents expelled.”
“Horrifying execution of young protester exposes authorities’ cruelty and risk of further bloodshed,” Amnesty International stated. “The clear aim of Iranian authorities is to instill fear among the public in a desperate attempt to cling to power and end the popular uprising.”
“In an attempt to intimidate those fighting for their rights, the Iranian regime executed Mohsen Shekari, a 23-year-old protesting the killing of Mahsa Amini,” said Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly. “The Iranian regime can’t stifle the free will of the people.”
“Violating every human right, even that of a fair trial, Iranian authorities have executed a 23-year-old protester. The international community must react immediately and strongly condemn this execution,” stated the European People’s Party. “We stand with the people of Iran in their fight for freedom.”
“Strongly condemn the horrible news from Iran this morning about the first execution of a protester following the Mahsa Amini protests,” said Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra. “The Netherlands is firmly opposed to the death penalty under all circumstances and calls upon Iran to immediately cease all executions.”
“Deeply saddened! The regime in Iran has been cracking down on peaceful protestors for weeks—today’s execution of Mohsen Shekari marks a new phase of state violence,” said German Commissioner for Human Rights Luise Amtsberg. “This is only a snapshot of what the regime is willing and able to do. But Iranians will not stop fighting for their rights in the streets.”
“Norway condemns that the Iranian authorities have executed one of those arrested during the demonstrations. We call on Iran to end the use of the death penalty and to end the suppression of fundamental rights,” said Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt. “Norway is against all use of the death penalty.”
“Australia is deeply disturbed by reports that Iran executed a protestor earlier today,” said Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong. “We call on Iran to immediately halt executions and will continue to work through the multilateral system and with partners to hold Iran to account.”
“UN Special Procedures condemn today’s execution of a 23-year-old demonstrator convicted in the context of nationwide protests in Iran,” state the UN Bureau in Geneva. “Executions following unfair trials constitute an arbitrary deprivation of life,” warn the experts.
“The Iranian regime’s inhumanity knows no bounds. Moshen Shekari was sentenced and executed in a perfidious summary procedure because he disagreed with the regime,” said German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. “But the threat of execution will not suffocate people’s desire for freedom.”
“Outraged by the tragic news of the first execution of a protestor in Iran. The world cannot turn a blind eye to the abhorrent violence committed by the Iranian regime against its own people,” said UK Foreign Minister James Cleverly. “The UK is opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances.”
“Mohsen Shekari, one of the boys arrested during the protests in Iran, was hanged this morning. It is the first insane death sentence carried out on a protester in Iran,” said European Parliament Vice President Pina Picierno. “You will find us on the side of freedom, on the side of the protesters. All time.”
“Appalled by the execution of Mohsen Shekari, the first carried out in connection with protests in Iran. We will discuss Iran at Foreign Affairs Commission with EU ministers,” said High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell. “Emphasis on the handling of protests by authorities and the need to respect fundamental rights. The EU is against the death penalty in all circumstances.”
“France utterly condemns today’s execution of an Iranian man who was sentenced to death following his participation in ongoing protests in Iran,” stated the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
“We strongly condemn today’s execution of Mohsen Shekari, which we deem disproportional and inhumane,” stated the Austrian Foreign Ministry. “Austria reiterates its unequivocal opposition to the death penalty, and we urge the Iranian government to stop all further executions related to the ongoing protests.”
December 8 marked the 84th day of anti-regime protests in Iran. The demonstrations began following the heinous murder of Mahsa Amini, 22, in police custody. However, it immediately turned into a revolution against the entire theocratic regime.
According to the Iranian opposition Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI), the protests have extended to 280 cities. The regime has killed over 700 citizens, injured tens of thousands, and detained more than 30,000. The MEK has published the names of 565 killed protesters.
As of 6:30 pm Tehran time on December 6, protests in #Iran have expanded to 280 cities.
Over 700 people killed and more than 30,000 arrested by the regime's forces. The PMOI/MEK has published the names of 565 killed protesters.#IranRevoIution#مرگ_بر_ستمگر_چه_شاه_باشه_چه_رهبر pic.twitter.com/Nfsfb4A1g9
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) December 6, 2022
- Citizens in Sanandaj turned the 40-day memorial of the late Sarina Saedi into a revolutionary momentum. “This is the year of [Khamenei] overthrow” and “We’re going to overthrow [the regime],” citizens chanted. Authorities applied severe security sphere in Arak, fearing the resumption of public anger during the late Mehrshad Shahidi’s 40-day memorial. The same sphere was reported in Dezful to prevent protests during the late Mohammad Ghaemi-Far’s memorial. Citizens also commemorated the late nurse Maedeh Javanfar in Rasht.
- Islamic Azad University students in Qom chanted against regime vice president Amir-Hossein Ghazizadeh Hashemi. “We don’t want a murderer guest” and “This is the year of [Khamenei] overthrow,” they chanted.
- In Sanandaj, Najafabad, and Ravansar, merchants protested authorities for sealing their stores. In Sanandaj, oppressive forces opened fire at protesters.
- Freedom-loving Iranians rallied in London, Berlin, Aarhus, Dublin, Bern, Vienna, and Gothenburg, condemning the execution of the late Mohsen Shekari.
- The House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Rep. Claudia Tenney to support the brave Iranian protestors who are risking their lives fighting for freedom and democracy. “The United States Congress must stand with the Iranian people,” she said.
- The Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Chile, Iceland, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, and the United Kingdom issued a joint statement condemning the regime’s violence against women and girls in Iran.
- The United States is designating an international oil smuggling and money laundering network led by businessman Sitki Ayan for providing support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and Lebanese Hizballah under counterterrorism sanctions authorities.
- The European Union is set to agree new sanctions targeting Iran over human rights abuses in its crackdown on protesters in the country and the supply of drones to Russia, France’s foreign ministry spokesperson said.
- “I am inspired by the women of Iran and their bravery,” saidS. Vice President Kamala Harris. “We will continue to work with the international community to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its brutal crackdown on the Iranian people.”
- “The courage of the Iranian people is an inspiration to the world, especially the courage of the women, girls, and youth of Iran who are leading these peaceful protests,” saidS. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price.
- “Iranian authorities have reportedly begun negotiations with Venezuela to arrange future political asylum plans in the wake of concerns over ongoing protests in the country,” MSN reports.
Locals in the capital’s Sattarkhan district took to the streets to protest today’s execution of Mohsen Shekari. Source Protesters chant:
Death to the dictator! Source
Freedom! Freedom! Freedom! Source
Death to Khamenei! Source
Locals in the capital’s Ekbatan district are continuing the nationwide protests against the regime. Source
Families of detained protesters gathered outside the regime’s notorious Evin Prison demanding answers about their loved ones’ conditions and whereabouts. Source
Locals set ablaze a site of the regime’s IRGC paramilitary Basij units continuing the nationwide protests against the regime. Source
Arak locals say regime authorities use schools as bases to station oppressive security forces in order to deploy them as quickly as possible to quell anti-regime protests. Source
Students at the Islamic Azad University began chanting as regime VP Amir Hossein Ghazizadeh was leaving the campus:
This is the year Seyed Ali (Khamenei) is overthrown! Source
Students at the Islamic Azad University began chanting at regime Vice President Amir Hossein Ghazizadeh:
We don’t a corrupt system! We don’t want a murderous guest! Souce
Locals in Dezful mark the 40th day of Mohammad Ghaemi-Far’s murder by the oppressive security forces began chanting:
I will kill those who killed my brother! Source
North Khorasan Province:
Protesters threw Molotov cocktails at Esfarayen’s Chamber of Guilds, whose officials have been shuttering the stores of locals who have been on strike recently. Source
Protesters in Saqqez’s Salehabad district established control over their streets by setting roadblocks with fires. Source
Many merchants rally outside the local governorate in Ravansar, protesting the regime for sealing their stores. Source
Citizens in Sanandaj attend the late Sarina Saedi memorial, chanting:
Poverty, corruption, high prices; we’re going to conclude this revolution! Source
Protesters set ablaze the public prosecutor’s office in Neka. Source