Protests over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini have so far killed 17 people in Iran. This is evident from a new balance that was distributed on state television on Thursday. The NGO Human Rights Watch reports 31 deaths. The victims are protesters and members of the security services. The Iranian authorities announce that they are largely blocking access to Instagram and WhatsApp, among others.
The protests started six days ago and are spreading all over Iran. The protests were strongest in Iranian Kurdistan, where the young woman came from.
Amini was arrested on September 13 and assaulted by the vice squad during a visit to the capital Tehran. She died last Friday in a hospital after being in a coma for three days.
A video released by Iranian state television shows Amini collapsing after her arrest by Iran’s morality police. Iranian police call her death an “unfortunate incident”.
Iranian officials said Amini died Friday after suffering a “heart attack” last Tuesday. However, her family said she had no existing heart condition. The activists don’t believe it either.
Iranian authorities announce strict internet restrictions
The authorities have announced strict internet restrictions. For example, access to Instagram and WhatsApp, among others, would be largely prevented, local media reported on Thursday. Adam Mosseri, the boss of Instagram, confirmed the news in a tweet.
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Since the blocking of social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Telegram, Twitter and Tiktok in Iran in recent years, Instagram and WhatsApp have been the most used applications in the country. Iran is very strict about access to the internet, but especially to social media. Without anti-censorship software, most web pages located outside the country will be inaccessible.
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