The Iranian government executed the first protester involved with the massive human rights demonstrations after Masa Amini was killed by police for not wearing a hijab, according to CNN.
Mohsen Shekari, 23, was hanged on Thursday after being sentenced to death in October for “injuring a paramilitary officer” during a protest, according to CNN.
Iran has been hit with massive protests ever since the death of Amini, leading many Iranian women to take off their hijabs in protest of her death.
Shekari’s death was the first publicly announced state execution since the protesting began. Five protesters have been sentenced to death, including Shekari, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad tweeted, “He was only 23 years old. This morning, just before sunrise, the Islamist regime in Iran executed #MohsenShekari, a protester they had arrested in #Tehran Mohsen gave his life for freedom. He wanted a normal life. One more brave soul killed by this bloody regime.”
Masa Amini was arrested by “morality police” on Sept. 16 and was beaten before being taken to a hospital later that day. She died after receiving multiple blows to the head* according to NPR.
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In response to her death, thousands of Iranian women burned their hijabs and cut their hair in protest of Iran’s laws that require women’s heads to be covered in public, according to NPR.
Since Amini’s death, 475 protesters have been killed, and over 18,000 have been arrested, according to NPR.
Iran’s former president Mohammad Khatami called for the Iranian government to be “more lenient” in its handling of the protests on Wednesday.
“I advise the officials to appreciate this presence and instead of dealing with it inappropriately, take a softer approach and listen to them and with their help, recognize the wrong aspects of governance before it is too late for them to move towards good governance,” he said in a statement ahead of Iran’s Student Day, according to CNN.