Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Iran restricts Internet for two days

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ARCHIVE – Some protest organizations in Iran are calling for new demonstrations like this one. Photo: Uncredited/AP/dpa

The authorities justified the two-day bans that are planned to start this Thursday with an examination phase – entrance exams for the universities are pending – and concerns about possible fraud. Residents of the capital Tehran confirmed massive restrictions on Thursday morning, which also affected online transfers. At the same time, some protest organizations called for new demonstrations. It was initially unclear whether the Internet blocks were related to this. Again and again, Iran restricts the Internet before protests.

Recently, the street demonstrations in Iran had decreased again. Many opponents of the system are now expressing their protest against the repressive course of the government and the Islamic system of rule through civil disobedience, such as ignoring the compulsory headscarf. The trigger for the nationwide protests was the death of the Iranian Kurd Jina Mahsa Amini in police custody in mid-September 2022. She had been arrested by the so-called vice police for violating Islamic dress codes.

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