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(MENAFN- Conversation) The Islamic Republic of Iran continues its brutal crackdown on ongoing pro-democracy protests, which erupted in September in response to the murder of a
young woman who was arrested for not wearing a proper headscarf. According to the Iranian human rights NGO, at least 458 protesters were killed, including 63 children. Death
sentences have been issued for at least 11 people. Mohsen Shekari, a 22-year-old cafe worker in Tehran, was executed on December 8 after being found guilty of using a weapon with
intent to kill and “hating God”. Amnesty International called it “an extremely unfair sham trial” with no due process. Majidreza Rahnavard was publicly hanged on December
12. He is alleged to have killed two members of the Basij paramilitary force. Human rights advocates have firmly condemned the execution, which took place just 23 days after his
arrest, as based on a forced confession. Similar to Shekari, Rahnavard faces an unfair trial that moves quickly and lacks due process. At least 18,000 people have been detained
during the current protests. There is some concern about mass executions, raising the specter of the infamous 1988 mass execution of Iranian political prisoners. The current
president of Iran, ebrahim raisi, is one of the most important. Judiciary oversaw the 1988 execution. The Islamic Republic shows no signs of loosening its grip on the country.
However, the widespread protests have spanned many ethnic and religious communities, as well as between economic classes and geographies. The protesters have challenged limits on
freedom of speech and civil liberties and have been strongly supported by Iranian actors, musicians and athletes, who are among those arrested, imprisoned and tortured. This public
dissent by prominent public figures has had an amplifying effect across Iran and internationally. celebrity’s point of view Rappers Toomaj Salehi and Saman Yasin were arrested in
October for performing online in support of protesters. Toomaj Salehi articulated his criticism with the following lyrics: Shervin Hajipour’s song baraye (because…) has also
become part of a protest sound that reaches far beyond Iran. Baraye has been covered by many international artists, including Coldplay in a performance with Iranian actor
Golshifteh Farahani. In the world of cinema, award-winning Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti released a photo of herself without a hijab, holding a sign with the protest slogan
“Women, Life, Freedom.” . The photo was posted on Alidoosti’s Instagram account, which has 8 million followers. Other Iranian actors have engaged in similar acts of dissent.