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19 nov. 2019 | 02h37 UTC

Iran: Internet access blocked amid ongoing protests November 18 /update 3

Iran Alerte de sécurité

Iranian government blocks access to the internet amid nationwide protests on November 18; heightened security presence and associated disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 18/11/2019, 12h00 until 19/11/2019, 11h59 (Asia/Tehran). COUNTRY/REGION Iran, Shiraz, Ahvaz

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Event

The Iranian government has reportedly completely blocked access to the internet amid reports of the fourth consecutive day of nationwide protests on Monday, November 18. Several demonstrators were killed and arrested in protests on Monday, according to local and international media outlets. However, state officials said that there had been only minor protests and incidents. Protesters reportedly set fire to several municipal buildings and banks - particularly in Shiraz and Ahvaz, while also looting shops and banks across the country. Activists also blocked roads causing significant traffic disruptions in some areas. The Revolutionary Guards have warned protesters that they will take decisive action if demonstrations continue.

A heightened security presence, further protests, clashes between demonstrators and security forces, and internet disruptions are to be expected throughout Iran over the coming days. Disruptions to transportation and business are to be anticipated in areas affected by demonstrations.

Context

On November 14, the Iranian government announced a fuel price hike that sparked nationwide protests on November 15. Clashes between protesters and security forces have left at least 61 people dead as of November 18, as security forces have reportedly fired live ammunition, tear gas, and water cannons to disperse demonstrators. Authorities began limiting access to the internet on November 16. Security forces have arrested as many as 1000 people. Protests have been recorded in more than 50 Iranian cities.

Advice

Individuals in Iran are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests due to the risk of violence, budget extra time to reach their destinations if traveling through areas affected by demonstrations, prepare for associated disruptions to transportation and business, and adhere to instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

 

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