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Iran petrol price protest: Internet down, tens killed, hundreds injured

Christian Fernsby |
Internet services in Iran were almost completely stopped Saturday evening after widespread protests after the government raised the price of gasoline overnight.

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The internet traffic monitoring group NetBlocks reported that three major internet providers in Iran cut off service at 6 PM local time on Saturday, November 16 and its monitoring system showed a steep dive of internet traffic in Iran. The move specially impacts people relying on their smartphones for communication and information.

At least 21 Kurds were killed by security forces since Friday when people across Iran took to the streets to protest the surprising increase of petrol prices.

According to local reports, massive demonstrations have begun across Iran, including the Kurdish cities, especially in Kermanshah, Shah Abad, Sarpol Zahab, Jwanrro, Sanandaj, and Marivan.

According to Hengaw Organization for Human Rights, 14 Kurdish protesters were killed in Jwanro, six were gunned down in Marivan, and at least one was shot dead in Sanandaj.

The monitoring group said another 142 Kurdish protesters were injure, some of whom are said to be in critical condition.

The hashtag #TwitterBanKhamenei is quickly gaining traction as Iranians call on Twitter to ban all accounts of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on the platform, after the government almost completely shut off access to the internet across the country, following protests over an increase in fuel prices.

With the whole country seemingly offline, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei tweeted on Sunday in support of the government’s decision to increase fuel prices.

Khamenei’s online presence caused outrage amongst Iranians who have been unable to get in touch with their friends and families in the country after the government shut off access to the internet.

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