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Iran carries out first execution of anti-government protester

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

Mohsen Shekari was hanged Thursday morning after being found guilty by a Revolutionary Court of "enmity against God".

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

Shekari was convicted on November 1.

He appealed against the verdict, but it was upheld by the Supreme Court on November 20.

The judiciary has so far announced that 10 other people have been sentenced to death by Revolutionary Courts on the charges of "enmity against God" or "corruption on Earth" in connection with the protests.

Amnesty International said the death sentences were designed to "further repress the popular uprising" and "instill fear among the public".