Internet access was restored in Iran on Sunday, revealing violence and chaos as protests spread to at least 116 cities.
The government shutdown internet to the country’s 80 million people on Nov. 16, amid protests over gasoline prices rising – restricting communications with the outside world.
Top IRGC commander claims those killed in #IranProtests were shot from “within the protesters” meaning some third actor did it not Gov. snipers. Ample videos clearly showing anti riot police opening fire. Here is just one-> https://t.co/0h3LneB2g5 pic.twitter.com/r97R0GJwxe
— Bahman Kalbasi (@BahmanKalbasi) November 24, 2019
The protests put renewed pressure on Iran’s government as it struggled to overcome the US sanctions strangling the radical regime’s economic control after President Donald Trump withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
In some cases, the protests turned violent with demonstrators setting fires and reports of gunfire.
As internet is being gradually reconnected, I’m getting more videos of #IranProtests.
This video from Tehran shows the widespread participation of people in protests.
They’re chanting “death to dictator”.
— Masih Alinejad (@AlinejadMasih) November 23, 2019
Since Nov. 23, internet connectivity spiked in the country, allowing people to access websites for the first time.
On Sunday, connectivity was close to 100% for landline services, while mobile phone internet service remained limited, the advocacy group NetBlocks said.
Confirmed: Internet access is being restored in #Iran after a weeklong internet shutdown amid widespread protests; real-time network data show national connectivity now up to 64% of normal levels as of shutdown hour 163 #IranProtests #Internet4Iran
— NetBlocks.org (@netblocks) November 23, 2019
The acting commander of the Revolutionary Guard, Gen. Ali Fadavi, accused America of being behind the protests.
“Why did (the Americans) get angry after we cut off the internet? Because the internet is the channel through which Americans wanted to perform their evil and vicious acts,” Fadavi said.
“We will deal with this, Islamic Republic supporters, and our proud men and women will sign up to make a domestic system similar to the internet with operating systems that (the Americans) can’t (control) even if they want.”
Officials have not said how many people were injured, arrested or killed during the several days of protests that swept across cities and towns.