Published: Fri, November 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

U.S. calls for Iran crackdown videos, internet slowly returns

U.S. calls for Iran crackdown videos, internet slowly returns

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that his government defeated the "enemy's conspiracy" and were celebrating their victory in reference to deadly protests that have erupted in Iran's provinces on Friday after fuel price rose by at least 50%.

Iran on Thursday began restoring internet access in the capital Tehran and a number of provinces, local news agencies and residents said, after a days-long nationwide shutdown meant to help stifle unrest over fuel price hikes.

Mr. Trump tweeted Thursday that the Iranian government wants "ZERO transparency" and believes that by shutting down the internet the rest of the world will not find out about the "death and tragedy that the Iranian Regime is causing!"

The full extent of the bloodshed was hard to ascertain given a near-total internet blackout now in its fourth day.

Amid ongoing protests in Iran, US President of State Mike Pompeo urged Iranians on Thursday to send photos and other information documenting repression, while vowing to sanction "abuses" by the Islamic republic.

Officials have confirmed five deaths, including three security personnel stabbed by 'rioters'.

US President tweeted that Iran has become so unstable that the regime has shut down their entire Internet System so that the Iranian people can not talk about the tremendous violence taking place within the country.

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Iran's mission to the United Nations called the Amnesty toll "speculative" and said Iran was subject to a "disinformation campaign".

Amnesty International says protest unrest and a subsequent security crackdown killed at least 106 people. That's a result of the reimposition of crippling United States economic sanctions as part of President Donald Trump's maximum pressure campaign against Tehran, following his unilateral withdrawal of the U.S. from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

The Revolutionary Guards said calm had returned across Iran, state TV reported, after protests in which Amnesty International said over 100 demonstrators had been killed by security forces, a figure rejected as "speculative" by the government.

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"We echo the statement on Iran made by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights yesterday, including the call to immediately re-establish Iranian's access to the Internet".

Tensions have soared this year, with the U.S. widening its sanctions to include Khamenei, the Guards and other key entities as Iran scaled back its nuclear commitments.

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