Photos: Protests in Iran spread amid restricted internet

Photos: Protests in Iran spread amid restricted internet

Nationwide protests have continued in Iran following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested for what the country’s vice squad described as “immodest clothing”.

Protests continued for a fifth day on Wednesday, including in the capital, Tehran.

Amini’s death has sparked anger over issues including Iran’s curbs on freedoms and an economy reeling from sanctions. Women played a prominent role in the protests, waving and burning their veils, some cutting their hair in public.

Amini fell into a coma while in police custody after what authorities said suffered a stroke and heart attack.

Iran’s morality police enforce strict rules in Iran requiring women to cover their hair and wear loose clothing in public. His funeral took place on Saturday.

Tehran’s police chief claimed that Amini suffered from epilepsy and diabetes.

Her father dismissed this and said she had no health issues and suffered leg bruises in custody. The police denied harming him.

Iranian media and a local prosecutor said five people had been killed in the past two days, bringing the death toll from official sources to nine, including a police officer and two pro-government militia members.

NetBlocks, a London-based group that monitors internet access, previously reported widespread disruptions to both Instagram and WhatsApp, as well as wider internet outages.

On Wednesday, Iranian Telecommunications Minister Isa Zarepour was quoted by state media as saying that some restrictions could be imposed “for security reasons”, without giving further details.

Iran already blocks Facebook, Telegram, Twitter and YouTube, although senior Iranian officials use public accounts on these platforms.

In another development, several official websites, including those of Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei, the Presidency and the Central Bank, were taken down, at least briefly, as hackers claimed to have launched a cyberattack on government agencies. ‘State.

Hackers linked to the shadowy “Anonymous” movement said they were also targeting other Iranian state agencies, including state television.

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