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Iran Executes First Protester

Iranian officials have carried out the first execution of a protester involved in the monthslong demonstrations across the country, according to reports yesterday. Mohsen Shekari died by hanging after being found guilty of violating the country's religious law; his infractions allegedly included blocking a road and attacking a member of a volunteer paramilitary force.

Described by some observers as the biggest challenge to the Iranian regime since the 1979 revolution, the nationwide protests were sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in the custody of the country's morality police (see previous write-up). Demonstrations have spread to dozens of cities and span both age and social class, while estimates suggest at least 450 people have been killed and 18,000 others arrested.

International aid groups say at least 21 other protesters are facing the death penalty but have not yet been executed, including five sentenced Tuesday. See an overview of the unrest here.

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