Iran’s Latest Assassination Isn’t Working Well

( According to Iranian democracy activists, the execution of a man tied to protests in the Islamic Republic will exacerbate opposition to the ruling regime, and the international community should also take action against Tehran.

An Iranian news agency reported Mohsen Shekari was hanged Thursday morning after being sentenced to death on October 23. The 23-year-old was convicted of “waging war against God” for allegedly attacking a member of the Basij paramilitary force during a September 25 protest in Tehran. It was the first execution related to the protests reported by state media.

The case, according to Omid Memarian, a senior Iran analyst at the organization Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), demonstrates how Iran operates. These political executions and the justice system’s use for political purposes will increase protests and hatred against the government.

Memarian explained that the global community should not only condemn such executions but also use all available means to stop them. They should inform Iran that hasty decisions and taking lives are unacceptable.

Reports show Shekari’s execution occurred one day after tens of thousands of students demonstrated in universities across Iran. The 7th of December, also known as Student Day, has long been associated with public calls for democracy.

Universities and students have played a significant role in Iran’s most recent protests over the past three months through actions ranging from demonstrations to classroom boycotts. Students have reported encounters with Basij forces, university security personnel, and agents in plain clothes.

According to Amnesty International, Iranian authorities are seeking the death penalty for at least 21 individuals in connection with the nationwide protests.

The protests were triggered by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was accused of improperly wearing her hijab.  She died while in police custody.

Iran’s leadership, including ultraconservative President Ebrahim Raisi, has characterized them as riots orchestrated by Iran’s foreign adversaries. According to the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), at least 475 protesters have been killed and 18,240 detained.

Reports show Iranian security forces are targeting protesting women with shotgun fire to the face, breasts, and genitalia, according to interviews with medical professionals. They are targeting women differently than men.

Iran’s leadership is comprised of subhuman monsters.