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US denounces Iran’s second execution amid protests

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Amid the protests, Iran is facing huge backlash for executing protesters in public. (Representative)

Washington:

The United States on Monday denounced Iran’s second execution following ongoing protests, saying the latest killing, carried out in public, showed religious leaders fear their own people.

“We denounce this draconian treatment in the strongest terms,” ​​State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.

“These harsh sentences, and now the first public execution at least, are meant to intimidate the Iranian people, they are meant to suppress dissent, and they only underscore how much Iran’s leaders truly fear their own people,” he said. he declared.

At the United Nations, spokesman Stéphane Dujarric called for a halt to executions, saying “there is no place for capital punishment”.

Secretary General Antonio Guterres “considered the circumstances to be particularly cruel”, Dujarric said.

Majidreza Rahnavard, 23, was sentenced to death by a Mashhad city court for killing two members of the security forces with a knife and injuring four others, the Mizan Online news agency reported.

He said he was hanged in public in the city, rather than inside the prison.

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