Activists, Trade Unions, Parents of Victims Slam Executions In Esfahan

Monday, 05/22/2023

Dozens of political and civil activists, as well as a number of trade unions, protested the execution of three protesters in Esfahan (Isfahan).

In a statement issued online on Monday, they said “These executions will not affect our determination to end the oppression, inequality and gender apartheid against the oppressive regime that tortures, intimidates, and hangs.

“We have heard the message of our loved ones who sought help from prison and said: ‘Don't let them kill us’ and we loudly tell the regime: ‘We will not let you kill our youth anymore'."

Parents of victims killed by the Islamic Republic have also signed the letter along with major industries including Kermanshah Electric and Metal Society, Avant-Guard Students, Alborz Painters Syndicate, Kermanshah Electrical and Metal Workers Syndicate, Iran Retirees Council and the Oil Contract Workers.

The clerical rulers killed three demonstrators Majid Kazemi, Saeed Yaghoubi and Saleh Mirhashemi on Friday. Protests outside the jail where they were held and outraged calls by the international community failed to halt the Islamic Republic's execution machine. The deaths brought to at least seven the number of protesters hanged since nationwide protests broke out in September 2022 following the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.

The three were convicted over the death of two IRGC’s Basij militia members and a police officer during protests in November last year, in what Persian media have dubbed the ‘Esfahan (Isfahan) House’ case, named after the area, where they were arrested. Human rights campaigners say they were tortured into confessions, and there was no reliable evidence against them.

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