EU “shocked” by new executions of demonstrators in Iran

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Iran executed 2 men for killing a paramilitary member during protests against the hijab. (File)

Brussels:

The European Union said it was “shocked” after Iran executed two men on Saturday for killing a member of its paramilitary force during protests sparked by the death of a young woman in custody.

“The EU is shocked by the execution of Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini, arrested and sentenced to death in connection with the ongoing protests in Iran,” spokesman for EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said in a statement.

“This is yet another sign of the Iranian authorities’ violent repression of civilian demonstrations,” he said.

“The European Union once again calls on the Iranian authorities to immediately end the highly reprehensible practice of imposing and executing death sentences against demonstrators.”

The statement came after Iran executed two more men to double its number of executions to four over nationwide protests, which since mid-September escalated into calls for an end to Iran’s clerical regime.

In December, two men were put to death, sparking global outrage and new Western sanctions against Iran.

Authorities have arrested thousands of people in the wave of demonstrations that began with the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in September.

The Iranian-Kurdish woman had been arrested by the vice squad for allegedly violating the regime’s strict dress code for women.

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