Iran carries out first execution for anti-government protests 

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Iran has announced the first execution of a protester convicted of recent anti-government riots. 

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Mohsen Shekar was hanged  Thursday morning after  a revolutionary court convicted him of "hatred against God," state media reported. 

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He was accused of being a "rioter" who blocked a main road in Tehran in September and wounded a member of the paramilitary force with a machete. 

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The activist said he was convicted after "a presentation process without  due process." 

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Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, head of the Norwegian-Iranian Human Rights Organization , tweeted that the executions of the protesters would begin any day unless the Iranian authorities had "immediate practical consequences internationally".

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The judiciary's Mizan news agency reported that the Revolutionary Court was informed that Mohsen Shekari  blocked  Sattar Khan Street in Tehran on September 25  and attacked a member of the Basij resistance force with a machete, which is often used to quell protests. 

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On November 1, a court found Shekar guilty of fighting and using a weapon "with intent to kill, causing terror and disturbing the order and security of society" and convicted him of "anger against God," Mizan said. 

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He appealed  the sentence, but the Supreme Court upheld it  on November 20, it added. 

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So far, the judiciary has  announced that revolutionary courts have sentenced another 10  people  to death  on  charges of "hatred of God" or "terrestrial corruption" in connection with the protests. The identity of the accused has not been disclosed. 

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Amnesty International said the death sentences were intended to further support the rebellion and instill fear in the public.

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