Iranian protesters demonstrate at prison as 3 are sentenced to death

The threatened executions come just a day after two other Iranian protesters were executed by the Iranian regime.

 Iranian protesters, November 19, 2020 (photo credit: 1500tasvir)
Iranian protesters, November 19, 2020
(photo credit: 1500tasvir)

Iran's judiciary sentenced three more anti-government protesters to death on charges of "waging war on God," the Mizan news agency reported on Monday, defying growing international criticism over its fierce crackdown on demonstrators.

Iranian protesters gathered at the Rajaei-Shahr Prison in Karaj on Sunday night after reports spread that fellow protesters Mohammad Ghobadlu and Mohamad Broghani had been transferred to solitary confinement ahead of their planned execution.

According to the Twitter account 1500tasvir, which shares footage of the protests, protesters Ghobadlu and Broghani were transferred to solitary confinement on Sunday evening, raising concerns that they were at imminent risk of execution.

Video and audio reportedly from the scene showed crowds gathering near the prison and chanting slogans against the government, with heavy traffic reported in the area. Iranian security forces reportedly fired on the crowds that gathered at the prison.

The threatened executions come just a day after Iranian protesters Mohammad Mehdi Karami and Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini were executed by the Iranian regime.

Iranians protest across country, January 8-9, 2023 (Credit: 1500tasvir)

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Earlier on Sunday, Iranians gathered across the country to continue protests against the government on the third anniversary of the IRGC's downing of a Ukrainian civilian airliner.

Protests were reported in Tehran, Isfahan, Mahabad, Tabriz, Karaj, Saqqez, Kermanshah, Javanrud, Arak and Bandar Abbas, among other locations.

Chants of "Death to Khamenei," "Death to the child-murdering republic," "We swear on the blood of our brethren, we shall resist till the end" and "for each person killed another thousand will rise" were heard in footage shared from the protests.

Iranian national soccer team athlete warns: 'Justice cannot be established with a rope'

Iranian soccer player Mehdi Taremi spoke out against the continued executions on Sunday, tweeting "Justice cannot be established with a rope."

"We have so many embezzlers and criminals in prison, whose trials last for several years. But because these oppressed youths are from weak families and their hands are not tied anywhere, you will execute them for three counts? Enough is enough. What society will find peace when every day there is bloodshed and execution?"

Mehdi, who played on Iran's national team in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, has spoken out in support of the protesters in the past. In October, he published an Instagram post decrying violence against women.