Iran shuts down internet while chasing protesters

According to the opposition group National Council of Resistance of Iran, on Saturday, different parts of Tehran were the scenes of extensive skirmishes between rebellious youths and the suppressive State Security Force, the IRGC, the Bassij, the Intelligence Ministry, and plainclothes agents, lasting well into the early hours of Sunday morning.

Demonstrations and protests raged simultaneously in 75 cities.

Terrified of the expansion of the uprising, the clerical regime completely cut off access to the Internet starting in late afternoon to prevent the protesters from contacting each other and blocking the spread of the news about the uprising outside the country. In addition, the regime cut off the Aval Hamrah and Irancell mobile networks to deny access to the Internet.

On Saturday, NetBlocks.org confirmed that “Iran is now in the midst of a near-total national internet shutdown; real-time network data show connectivity at 7% of ordinary levels after twelve hours of progressive network disconnection as public protests continue.”

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said on Sunday that it would deal “strongly” with disruption of law and order by lawbreakers and that the Ministry will spare no efforts to fulfill its legal obligation to safeguard national security.

The Ministry said in a statement that major saboteurs of the public security in the past two days have been identified and proper measures are being taken. The statement referred to the riots that took place in protest against petrol price rise on Saturday. The Intelligence Ministry said in the statement that subsequently, the people will be informed about the measures taken, adding that for sure, the enemies of the people will once again be disappointed.