ran has executed a once-exiled journalist over his online work that helped inspire nationwide economic protests in 2017.
Iranian state television, the state-run IRNA news agency and the semi-official Nour news agency all said Ruhollah Zam was hanged early Saturday morning.
The initial spark for the 2017 protests was a sudden jump in food prices. Many believe that hardline opponents of Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, instigated the first demonstrations in the conservative city of Mashhad in north-eastern Iran, trying to direct public anger at the president.
But as protests spread from town to town, the backlash turned against the entire ruling class