Iran protests: Telegram and Instagram restricted

Aaron Brown
January 2, 2018

Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi on December 31, admitted that a number of Iranian protesters have been arrested and they would face heavy punishment.

On Saturday, tens of thousands of government supporters marched in cities across Iran in a show of support for the regime and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

In his first intervention, President Rouhani warned on Sunday that violence would not be tolerated at the protests.

Nationwide protests erupted Thursday in Iran's second largest city of Mashhad over economic issues and have since expanded to several cities. "The enemy has not kept with its commitments".

Iran's economy has improved since the nuclear deal, which saw Iran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the end of some of the worldwide sanctions that crippled its economy.

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In this photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press and obtained by the AP outside Iran, anti-riot Iranian police prevent university students to join other protesters over Iran weak economy, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.

Early Sunday morning, President Donald J. Trump doubled down his support for the Iranian people who are demanding freedom from the oppressive government that has been in power since 1979.

More: Iran unrest threatens Tehran's tyrants.

Iranian authorities placed restrictions on some social media platforms used heavily in Iran, including Instagram and Telegram, in an attempt to prevent would-be protesters from using them to call for and organize further demonstrations.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's comments in June to Congress saying America is working towards "support of those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of that government" has been taken by Iran's government as a sign of foreign interference in its internal politics. Also, three protesters were reportedly shot dead by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in central Iran on Sunday.

Other reports by Free-Prsite

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