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Internet disrupted in Iranian province amid protests in city

An internet blackout was also imposed amid demonstrations in November [AFP/Getty]

Date of publication: 17 July, 2020

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The internet outage coincided with videos being published online of protesters gathering in the city of Behbahan in Iran.
Internet access in a southwestern province of Iran has been disrupted as videos circulate on social media of protests in a city there, an advocacy group said.

NetBlocks.org reported the disruption affecting Iran's oil-rich Khuzestan province late Thursday.

The outage coincided with videos being published online of protesters gathering in the city of Behbahan, some 570 kilometers (355 miles) southwest of the capital, Tehran.

Those videos showed demonstrators chanting slogans heard at other protests in Iran over the last year, including: "Don't be afraid, we are all together." Others targeted Iran's foreign policy, shouting: "No Gaza, no Lebanon, I will die for Iran."

Iranian state media and officials did not acknowledge the protests. It wasn't immediately clear what sparked the demonstrations.

Iran shut down the country's internet for days in November to halt protests that swept across the country, fueled by anger over the country's anemic economy. Amnesty International reported at least 300 people were killed in the unrest, many shot dead by security forces.

Read more: Will the UN arms embargo on Iran be extended?

The November demonstrations showed the widespread economic discontent gripping Iran since May 2018, when President Donald Trump imposed crushing sanctions after unilaterally withdrawing the United States from the nuclear deal that Tehran struck with world powers.

That decision has seen Iran begin to break limits of the deal, as well as a series of attacks across the Middle East that America has blamed on Tehran.

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