State television reports 17 dead
Protests in Iran are more brutal – mullahs are throttling the Internet
The death of 22-year-old Masha Amini has sparked further violent clashes between protesters and security authorities in Iran. State television admits 17 dead. After the mullahs’ regime throttled the Internet, brutality increased.
At least 17 people have died in protests and riots in dozens of Iranian cities. The victims include both security forces and protesters, state television reported this afternoon. No further details were given. In many cities, protesters clashed again overnight with security forces who, according to eyewitnesses, acted harshly after massive internet restrictions. Live ammunition is reported in the videos, which could not be verified.
The protests were sparked by the death of 22-year-old Iranian Mahsa Amini. More than a week ago, she was arrested by the morality police for violating the strict Islamic dress code. Exactly what happened to Amini after her arrest is unclear. Anyway, she slipped into a coma and died in hospital on Friday. Critics accuse the morality police of using violence. The police deny the allegations. Since then, thousands of people across the country have demonstrated against the government’s crackdown.
Hacker attack on the central bank
Meanwhile, Iran’s central bank has confirmed a cyber attack on its systems. Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported that the bank was targeted by a DDoS attack. In DDoS attacks, attackers flood their victims’ servers with a flood of data requests to paralyze them. In Iran, the site was available again after some time. The hacker group Anonymous claimed responsibility for the attack in the Telegram channel, citing their solidarity with the protests in Iran as the reason. The central bank’s website was globally unavailable, according to internet verification tools. Government websites are also said to be the target of a large-scale attack.
Meanwhile, prominent Iranians in exile showed solidarity with the protest movement. In Iran, too, voices were raised that opposed the government’s course with unusual vehemence. For example, football star Ali Karimi showed solidarity with the protests. The former pro received encouragement from many Iranians. “Don’t be afraid of strong women. Maybe the day will come when they will be your only army,” wrote an ex-professional who was also involved in the Bundesliga in the past on Twitter.
However, the internet in the country is massively restricted and mobile networks in particular are largely down. Instagram, one of the last free social networks, was also blocked. Some high-profile Iranian news portals that reported on the protests were no longer available abroad. The demonstrations were rarely discussed on state media sites. The government, for its part, called a counter-demonstration after Friday prayers.
Raisi Interview Scandal
Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran’s regime of ruling mullahs has enforced strict dress codes. Especially in big cities, many women now see the rules as more relaxed and, for example, wear headscarves only on the back of their necks – much to the chagrin of ultra-conservative politicians. Religious hardliners in parliament have been trying for months to push for stricter application of Islamic law.
Christiane Amanpour, a longtime CNN correspondent, said she had scheduled an interview with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York about the protests. However, Raisi did not show up at the agreed time. Instead, one of Raisi’s aides came in 40 minutes later and said the president was suggesting Amanpour wear a headscarf. She refused, Amanpour tweeted. No Iranian president has previously required the wearing of a headscarf for an interview outside of Iran. Raisis’ employee explained that the headscarf was a matter of respect, referring to the situation in Iran.