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.