The United States on Monday condemned Iran’s “public” executions linked to anti-government protests across the country.
“The United States condemns in the strongest terms this brutal treatment,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in Washington.
He added, “These harsh sentences, and at least the first public execution, aim to intimidate the Iranian people, suppress dissent, and simply confirm the extent of the Iranian leadership’s fears of its own people.”
On Monday, Iran publicly executed citizen Majid Reza Rahnavard, after he was convicted of killing two members of the security forces, in the second execution in less than a week linked to anti-government protests, according to the Iranian news agency, Mizan, which is affiliated with the judiciary.
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Since last September 16, protests have continued across Iran following the death of the young woman, Mahsa Amini (22 years), 3 days after she was arrested by the “morality police” concerned with monitoring women’s dress code.
The incident sparked widespread public anger in the political and media circles in Iran, amid conflicting accounts of the causes of death.