Tehran.- Internet monitor NetBlocks reported a major service outage in Iran on Monday, raising concerns among rights groups that web access will be cut to help quell anti-government unrest in Kurdish-populated regions.
Protests across the country, sparked by the death of young Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in September in the custody of the Morality Police, have been most intense in the western provinces, where most of Iran’s 10 million Kurds live. .
NetBlocks, which tracks connectivity around the world, tweeted that mobile internet was cut off for many users in Iran amid a new wave of protests and reports of casualties.
Several videos shared on social media on Monday showed crowds fleeing bullets fired by security forces, with footage in the Kurdish-populated city of Javanrud showing people sheltering behind a wall, tending to an injured man. and trying to recover the body of a dead protester that was lying in the street.
Hengaw, an Iranian Kurdish rights group, shared a video showing security forces being dispatched to the Kurdish cities of Mahabad and Bukan in dozens of pickup trucks, motorcycles, police cars and a light armored vehicle painted black. . Reuters was unable to verify the images.
They don’t sing the anthem
The eleven players of Iran’s starting team that will face England this Monday, in a Group B match of the World Cup in Qatar, refrained from singing the national anthem of a country that has been experiencing a wave of protests against the strict regime for two months. Iranian.
During the week, the captain of the team, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, declared that the dressing room would decide “collectively” whether or not to sing the anthem as a sign of support for the demonstrations that have shaken Iran for two months.
The eleven players stood straight, impassive and neutral-faced as their anthem blared through the Khalifa International Stadium.
The coach of Iran, the Portuguese Carlos Queiroz, admitted that the Iranian players are suffering from pressure due to the protests in the Islamic Republic, after the defeat suffered by England (6-2) in their entry into the fray this Monday in Group B of the World.
In his statements after the match against the English, Queiroz stated that the political situation took its toll on the team.
“It is not right to come to this World Cup and ask them to do things that are not their responsibility. They want to bring pride and joy to the people,” the veteran coach told reporters.
“You can’t even imagine what these guys have been living behind closed doors in recent days. Say what they say, people want to kill them. Can you imagine being at a point in your life where whatever you say you’re killed? Of course that we have feelings and beliefs, and in due time, at the right time, we will express them.”