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  • HRW: Iran ‘heavily disrupts’ internet access after protest, arrests prominent activists

HRW: Iran ‘heavily disrupts’ internet access after protest, arrests prominent activists
A file photo shows Iranians walk past the branch of a local bank that was damaged during demonstrations against petrol price hikes, on November 20, 2019 in Shahriar, west of Tehran. (File photo: AFP)

A Human Rights Watch report published on Friday (May 20) found that Iranian authorities have “heavily disrupted” internet access in multiple provinces.

The report also found that Iranian authorities arrested several prominent activists on “baseless accusations” in the midst of labor union strikes and the ongoing protests against rising prices, since May 6, 2022.

HRW said in the report that those affected are in a dozen small towns across the country. It said that those arrested include a prominent sociologist and four labor rights defenders.

On Tuesday (May 17), Al Arabiya English reported that the demonstrations broke out in Iran’s central province of Isfahan on Tuesday with protestors voicing anger against Iran’s clerical leaders.

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Videos shared on Twitter showed that protesters in Isfahan’s city of Golpayegan chanted against Iran’s highest authority, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, as well as President Ebrahim Raisi.

Source: alarabiyaenglish