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Iran Protests:Iranian Regime Has Shut Down the Internet to Create an Information Blackout for Brutal Crackdown

Iranian regime have shut down the internet to create an information blackout for brutal crackdown
Iranian regime have shut down the internet to create an information blackout

Following the anti-government protests across Iran which first flared Friday, the Iranian regime shut down the Internet. The reason for shutting down the internet was to create an information blackout to stop the flow of information and brutal crackdown.

“We're horrified at reports that dozens of protesters have been killed in #Iran, hundreds injured & over 1000 arrested since Friday. We're alarmed that authorities have shut down the internet to create an information blackout of their brutal crackdown. We're investigating.” Amnesty International tweeted Monday

NetBlocks, a nongovernmental organization that monitors digital rights, says that by Saturday, Iran’s internet connectivity was 5% of what it was earlier in the week. The clampdown began on Friday, By Saturday, the group said, it had “proceeded to a disconnection of all mobile networks followed by a near-total national internet and telecommunication blackout.”

Iranian regime’s semi-official ISNA news agency said on Sunday, the decision to shut down the internet was made by the Supreme National Security Council. Their reason for the shutdown was announced to be “security issues”.

It is very clear that this is an act to crack down on the protesters and it must be stopped.

“We condemn strongly any acts of violence committed by this regime against the Iranian people and are deeply concerned by reports of several fatalities,” the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo twitted. “The Islamic Republic must cease violence against its own people and should immediately restore the ability of all Iranians to access a free and open Internet. The world’s watching.”

The US House Foreign Affairs GOP also condemned the reports of the brutal crackdown on protesters and called for the restoration of internet access.

“Reports of a brutal crackdown on protesters& severe internet restrictions in Iran are very disturbing. I condemn all forms of violence by the regime in Tehran& call for the full restoration of internet access throughout the country” The US House Foreign Affairs GOP tweeted on Monday.

David Kaye the UN special rapporteur called on all governments in the world to urge the Iranian regime to provide full internet access for the Iranian people.

Following the shutdown of the internet, it was reported on Monday that more than 200 protesters have been killed, and thousands have been wounded.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), called on the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to brief the Security Council about the atrocities perpetrated by the religious dictatorship ruling Iran, its Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and the IRGC, in view of the rising number of those killed and wounded. She urged him to convene an extraordinary session of the Council.

Iranian community abroad also urged the international community to help Iranian people to have access to free internet. Richard Grenell, the US Ambassador to Germany acknowledged that the West has the ability “to turn the internet on for the people of Iran”.

“We have the technical ability to turn the internet on for the people of Iran. And ensure it is free of government blockers. Europe and America should do it together.” Grenell tweeted.

 

It is the time that the US and Europe to take tangible actions to stop Iranian regimes’ crackdown on the protesters and work with each other to turn the internet on for the people of Iran. As the regime has shut down the internet, claiming it is done for “security issues”, meaning arrest and execution of innocent people, it is time that the US and Europe to take action for real “security issue” and save the lives of protesters by turning on the internet for Iranian people.  

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