On Monday, the Iranian judiciary announced a second execution linked to months of anti-government protests.

Majidreza Rahnavard had been accused of a “terrorist” act and charged with moharebeh, which means “waging war against God”

Based on pictures published by the judiciary, he was hanged by the neck, in public, from a crane. Other protesters have been sentenced to death. More executions are expected.

The execution, so overtly displayed, is being taken as a sign that the Iranian authorities are doubling down on their attempts to end a protest movement that refuses to go away

The protests have been going on since mid-September, and over that time there have been a lot of developments.

Hard to believe it’s happening in the place that inspired the Arab Spring uprisings. And yet, last year, President Kais Saied suspended parliament, which had been dominated by his opponents.

Food shortages have been a problem for months now, and the economy is teetering on the edge of a crisis. Recent protests suggest many people have had enough of what they’re calling Saied’s coup.