The U.S. announced on Friday it is sanctioning a top military official in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps over alleged involvement in the violent suppression of popular protests. 

Brian Hook, the State Department’s top official for Iran, told reporters the department has imposed visa sanctions on Brigadier General Hassan Shavapour for committing “gross violations of human rights against protesters” in the Iranian city of Mahshahr.

Hook said the general “oversaw” the killings of 148 people during last November’s mass demonstrations, and “was in command of units responsible for the violent crackdown and lethal repression around Mahshahr.”

The designation is

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