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Stop Executions in Iran

ALI REZA
ALI REZA

A recent social media campaign demanded to stop the execution of three young Iranians, Amirhossein Moradi, Mohammad Rajabi and Saeed Tamjidi,who were arrested during the November 2019 protests in Iran. The Farsi hashtag “Do not execute” #اعدام_نكنيد and the English equivalent #StopExecutionsInIran went viral in an act of solidarity among all Iranians who supported the Iran Protests throughout the years.

Twelve million tweets successfully reached policy makers across the globe including the White House.

 

The regime finally retreateddue to international pressure and halted the execution of these three young men and accepted a request for retrial.

The solidarity across social media platforms saved the lives of the three protesters who took to the streets to protest a 200% increase of gas price in November 2019.

Soon after, the Iranian regime decided to take revenge from some other protesterswho have been in prison since 2018.

Five young protesters from Khomeni Shahr (also known as HomayoonShahr)in Isfahan Province, who were arrested during the December 2017 and January 2018protests in Iran, are facing imminent execution.

KhomeniShahr was one of the hotspots during the protests back in December 2017.

Mohammad Bastami, HadiKeyani (Kiani), Abbas Mohammadi, Majid Nazari Kondori, and Mehdi Salehi- Qaleh Shahrokhi, received “two death sentences” each for “waging war against God” and “taking up arms against the state”.

The five men, all in their 20s told the court they had been forced to confess under severe torture.

They are among a group of 14 from the same low-income neighborhoods, who were arrested in the aftermath of the protests three years ago. The other nine were convicted to long term prison and torture.

Contacts of the five have been cut offwith their families suddenly. Security forces alsoappeared in a heavy presence in their neighborhoods to prevent any unrest after their execution.

Their familiesprotested outside the local prosecutor’soffice on July 29, but the protest wasquickly dispersed by security forces. Authoritiesthreatened the families to remain silent and told them to not hold rallies, “it will cost you!”

The news about the possible executions have led to a storm on social media platforms, demanding urgent halt of the executions with the Farsi hashtag #لغو_فوری_اعدام against the death penalty.

The regime has a dark history of secret executions.Receiving a phone call from prison authorities or being notified about the execution of your loved ones during a prison visit has been a common practicesince the beginning of the Islamic revolution in Iran. Many parents have been kept in dark for weeks and months and in many cases, the execution was never officially confirmed.

Imposing pressure on families of political prisoners have always been part of the torture both before and after the executions. In some cases, families are even asked to pay for the bullet that killed their child, in an act of humiliation.

Signs indicating the imminent execution of the five Iranian protesters are crystal clear; from disconnecting the phone calls with their families, no information about their whereabouts, and heavy security presence in their neighborhood to oppress any potential outrage following their death sentence.

The regime is clearly seeking to revenge from protesters who took to the street during the past years. Despite global outrage and demands to stop executions in Iran, it seems like the regime is too weak to survive without creating an atmosphere of fear among its citizens.

By: Ali Reza

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