The Iranian government has recently taken the controversial step of executing two men, Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Mohammad Hosseini, for their alleged involvement in the killing of a member of the paramilitary Basij force during a demonstration in the city of Karaj near Tehran.
The Supreme Court had previously convicted the pair of “corruption on Earth” and upheld their sentences following their arrests in connection with the death of Ruhollah Ajamian on November 3, 2020.
The execution of Karami and Hosseini has sparked outrage among human rights groups and condemnation from the international community, with many alleging that their confessions were obtained through the use of force and that they did not receive a fair trial.
The protests that took place in Karaj and other parts of Iran last year were sparked by a number of issues, including economic hardships and government corruption. However, they were also fueled by a deep sense of anger and frustration over the treatment of individuals who participated in the demonstrations.
The execution of Karami and Hosseini has only served to further enrage the protesters and has likely contributed to the persistence of the protests, which have continued despite efforts by the government to quell them.
It is worth noting that this is not the first time that the Iranian government has faced criticism for its handling of protests and its use of capital punishment. The country has a long and contentious history with regard to these issues, and the recent executions have only served to further undermine the credibility of the government in the eyes of its citizens and the international community.