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20 executed en masse in Iran

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ImageIran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Jul. 04 – Iranian authorities on Saturday hanged 20 people west of Tehran.

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ImageTehran, Iran, Jul. 04 – Iranian authorities on Saturday hanged 20 people west of Tehran, state media reported.

The state-run news agency Fars said all 20 were hanged in the morning in Rajai-Shahr Prison (Karaj). It said they were between 35 and 48 years of age. The report said they were accused of drug trafficking.

Separately, two people were hanged in a prison in the southern city of Shiraz, the state-run daily Etemad wrote on Saturday. They were accused of murder.

Iranian authorities on Thursday hanged six people in a prison in the holy city of Qom, central Iran, according to another report by Fars. They were accused of drug trafficking.

Six people were hanged on Wednesday in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison, the state-run news agency ISNA reported, without identifying them. They were accused of murder.

Iranian authorities routinely execute dissidents on bogus charges such as armed robbery and drug trafficking.

Since the 12 June presidential election, millions of people have taken part in anti-government rallies in Tehran and other major cities, protesting the re-appointment of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad following the election which they believe was rigged. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on 19 June rallied behind Ahmadinejad and demanded protestors stop their action. Demonstrators have since directed their protests at the entirety of the clerical establishment, with chants of “death to Khamenei”.

Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, a ranking cleric, on Friday said, "Anyone who takes up arms to fight with the people is worthy of execution."

Those who disturbed the peace and destroyed public property were "at war with God" and should be "mercilessly dealt with", Khatami said in a nationally televised sermon.

Evin Prison was built by the Shah’s regime as a modern security prison to house political dissidents, but it became the Islamic Republic’s most dreaded gulag and the site of thousands of political executions. Ward 209 is exclusively set aside for political prisoners.

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