Iran: Despite internet blackout and hundreds killed, protests are raging on in more than 100 cities
The UN human rights office voiced deep concern at the Iranian security forces’ use of live ammunition against demonstrators and urged authorities to rein in its use of force to disperse protests sparked by a hike in gas prices.
It is unclear how many people have been killed or wounded as the internet was completely shut down by the authorities in a bid to quell growing protests across the country.
Oracle’s Internet Intelligence, which analyzes the connectivity of networks and service providers around the world, has described it as “the largest internet shutdown ever observed in Iran.”
According to local reports, at least 200 people were killed and more than 3,000 were injured since Friday.
At least three members of Iranian security forces have been stabbed to death by rioters near Tehran, local news agencies reported late on Monday. The assailants wielding knives and machetes ambushed the three – a Revolutionary Guard and two members of the Basij militia.
“People have the right to protest, but that is different from riots,” Rouhani was quoted as saying. “We cannot let insecurity in the country through riots.”
Following Khamenei’s remarks, security forces were seen using handguns and firing at people indiscriminately, specifically targeting their heads.
“If necessary we will take decisive and revolutionary action against any continued moves to disturb the people’s peace and security,” Iran’s Revolutionary Guards terror group threatened in a statement.
The unrest was sparked by a major gas price hike announced by the government on Friday and comes as Iran experiences deteriorating economic conditions amid renewed sanctions imposed on it by the U.S government soon after Washington pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018.