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Iran hangs 3 protesters in Isfahan as executions soar

Iran rebuffed calls by rights groups to prevent the execution of three protesters who were reportedly forced into confessions.
An exhibition calling for an end to executions in Iran on Trafalgar Square on October 10, 2020 in London, England. The exhibition, held by Anglo-Iranian communities in the UK, marked the World Day against the Death Penalty. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

Iran executed three men arrested during last year’s anti-regime protests on Friday. The country’s judiciary announced the move despite pleas from relatives and rights groups. 

Majid Kazemi, Saleh Mirhashemi and Saeed Yaghoubi were put to death in the central city of Isfahan after they were convicted of killing a police officer and two Basij militiamen during a shooting attack at a demonstration held in the city last year, according to the judiciary’s website. 

Authorities did not reveal how the executions were carried out.

Large crowds gathered in Isfahan in central Iran Wednesday to demonstrate against the imminent execution of three protesters detained in the city’s Dastgerd Prison.

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