The Iranian campaign “Do not execute” become viral worldwide
Iranian activists launched on Tuesday a social media campaign with the hashtag #donotexecute. The idea in Persian language has born on Twitter and, in few hours, it ended up trending worldwide with over two million tweets against the decision of Iran’s highest judicial authority to uphold the death sentences of three young Iranians who took part in the November 2019 protests. “The Islamic Republic of Iran is gearing up to execute 3 young men for participating in Iran protests. They have names. Don’t let them be statistics. The world should react to this impending tragedy”. A user said on Twitter.
The hashtag was launched in support of Amirhossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi and Mohammad Rajabi, the three young protesters who were arrested and sentenced to death following Iran’s anti-government protests in November 2019 when the government introduced gasoline rationing and price hikes. Thousands were arrested and about 1,500 Iranians were killed by security forces, according to Reuters.The Supreme Court of Iran has upheld the three protesters’ death sentences, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili confirmed on Tuesday, saying they were “among the main rioters,” the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
Iranian rights group HRANA had previously reported that interrogators forced the three protesters to confess to crimes they did not commit through torture.An interrogator stood on Moradi’s chest during an interrogation session causing injury to his ribs, HRANA quoted a source close to Moradi’s family as saying.“You cannot prevent the occurrence of another November 2019 through executions,” tweeted Mohammad Agha-Soltan using the hashtag. Agha-Soltan’s sister, Neda, became the symbol of Iran’s 2009 protests after she was shot dead by security forces.At the same time, cybersecurity NGO Netblocks reported a “significant disruption” to multiple networks in Iran, which some activists speculate is an attempt by the authorities to disrupt the Twitter campaign.
During the November 2019 protests, Iran almost completely shut off access to the internet across the country for days.Twitter is banned in Iran, but many Iranians access the social media platform using virtual private networks (VPN) and similar applications available online. Recently, Amnesty International denounced that on 8 July, a man in the city of Mashhad was executed following repeated convictions for drinking alcohol.
Diana Eltahawy, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director of Middle East and North Africa, said:“The Iranian authorities have once again laid bare the sheer cruelty and inhumanity of their judicial system by executing a man simply for drinking alcohol. The victim was the latest person to be executed in Valkalibad prison, the site of numerous secret mass executions and a grotesque theatre of Iran’s contempt for human life”. The world today refuse three innocent guys to be killed for their right to protest against the inequity of their government.