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Iran’s Hanging Revolution

Samara Greenberg

The Iranian regime announced their plan on Tuesday to hang nine more men convicted of being mohareb – enemies of God. This follows the execution of two other dissidents who were hanged last week because of their alleged involvement in the unrest that gripped Iran after the dubious June 12 presidential election.

Last week’s hangings marked the first known executions relating to the disputed presidential poll. An estimated 4,000 people including journalists and reformist politicians were arrested in the weeks following the June election, while official figures show that more than 1,000 protesters were detained following the more recent opposition demonstrations on December 27 during the Shiite commemoration of Ashura.

On February 11, Iran will mark the revolution’s 31st anniversary with an annual rally. According to opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, Tehran’s repression proves that the 1979 Islamic revolution “had not achieved its goals.”