People light a fire during a protest over the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the Islamic republic's "morality police", in Tehran, Iran September 21, 2022. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

The Iranian judicial authority confirms that the country has executed a second demonstrator for joining anti-government protests.

Majidreza Rahnavard was publicly hanged after being sentenced to death for allegedly attacking security forces in Mashhad, in the northeast of the country.

According to the judicial’s Mizan news portal, the man allegedly murdered two members of the notorious Basij paramilitary militia with a knife during protests in November. The court had accused him of “waging war against God”.

According to Mizan, the 23-year-old had been arrested on November 17, and within 26 days, he was charged, sentenced to death and executed in Mashhad without having legal counsel, according to other online reports.

News of the execution sparked outrage and anger across Iran. “He who sows the wind will reap the storm” and “We will avenge the blood of the innocent” were angry reactions from government opponents on social media.

Another execution was postponed for the time being, according to state media reports.

He was also convicted of “waging war against God” after allegedly injuring a Basij member with a knife and setting fire to his motorcycle during protests.

The man had been scheduled to be hanged on Sunday in Rajaei Shahr Prison west of the capital Tehran.

According to witness accounts, the Basij volunteer militia members have been used to brutally suppress protests as they are considered the most loyal supporters of the system and said to be willing to sacrifice their lives as martyrs.

Earlier, Iranian authorities executed rapper Mohsen Shekari. Iranian authorities had accused him of assaulting a security guard with a weapon, inciting terror and blocking a road.

At least 25 protesters are reportedly on the Iranian judiciary’s death list, two of whom have now been executed.

The unrest was triggered by the death of an Iranian Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, on September 16. She died in police custody after being arrested for violating Islamic dress codes. (dpa/NAN)

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