US expands internet access for Iranians during protests in the country

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Peter Kavinsky

The US Treasury Department has announced measures to promote internet freedom in Iran amid technical and traffic restrictions imposed by the Tehran regime to prevent citizens from spreading information about the crackdown on peaceful demonstrations.

This is stated in message on the official website of the US Department on Friday, reports Ukrinform.

On Wednesday, the Iranian government cut internet access to most of its 80 million citizens to prevent the world from witnessing its violent crackdown on peaceful protests following the brutal death of Mahsa Amini.

For example, the US Treasury Department has announced the entry into force of the D-2 General License, which removes some restrictions, to expand the provision of Internet services to Iranian residents.

Specifically, the license provides Iranians with additional categories of licensed software, including social networking, video conferencing and conference programs, as well as conventional communication, translation, education, and electronic mapping services. In addition, changes are expected to be made to authorization and traffic processes to help ordinary Iranians resist internet censorship and regime surveillance. It also provides access to antivirus programs, VPN clients, and other related software.

Also read: US imposes sanctions on Iran for violence against women by security forces

As Ukrinform reported, in Iran mass protests broke out against the background of the tragic death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini during her detention by the vice squad. The woman was charged with improperly wearing a hijab, after which she was sent to the police station for an “education and orientation” course. On the same day she was taken to hospital in a coma and two days later she died of internal injuries.

The death of 22-year-old Mahsa sparked outrage among the country’s citizens as protests swept over more than three dozen Iranian cities. The Iranian regime began to use force to suppress peaceful demonstrations. Iran Human Rights said on Friday that at least 31 protesters were killed under regime pressure during these actions.

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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