TUNIS (Reuters) – DUBAI On Monday, the NetBlocks internet monitor reported widespread disruptions in Iranian internet connectivity, fueling concerns among rights organisations that the government is cutting off internet access to help squash anti-government demonstrations in Kurdish-populated areas.
The bulk of Iran's 10 million Kurds reside in the western regions, where the demonstrations that were ignited by the September murder of Iranian Kurdish lady Mahsa Amini in the hands of morality police have been the most fierce.
NetBlocks, a service that monitors global connection, stated that many Iranian users were unable to access the internet on their mobile devices due to the recent upsurge in demonstrations and reports of deaths.
Social media posts on Monday depicted crowds running from security forces firing live ammunition, with one video from the Kurdish city of Javanrud showing people taking shelter behind a wall while tending to an injured man and another showing them trying to retrieve the body of a dead protester from the street.
On Monday, the Kurdish Iranian rights organisation Hengaw released footage showing security personnel deploying to the towns of Mahabad and Bukan in dozens of pickup trucks, motorcycles, police vehicles, and a single black light armoured vehicle.
The videos were unverifiable by Reuters
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