Power Punishment & Execution in Iran

An analysis of Foucault’s Discipline and Punish applied to modern Iran

Hamid Yazdan Panah
Feb 27, 2014 · 5 min read

The scene is not only powerful but serves as a poignant example of Iran’s judicial system and repressive state power, using violence and terror in order to subdue a defiant population.

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Public executions serve a political purpose in Iran

“Regardless of his crime he should have been allowed to see his Mother.”

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The dehumanizing actions of the regime serve to destroy any legitimacy or humanity that the sovereign — in this case Khamenei — claims to possess.

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