Iran Limits Internet Prior to Renewed Protests
The Iranian regime this week limited Internet access in several provinces across the country ahead of the expected renewal of nationwide protests on Thur. 26 Dec. 2019. Iran was shaken by demonstrations in over 100 cities during Nov. 2019. Tehran imposed a total Internet shutdown for at least five days in a bid to prevent civilians from posting photos of the ensuing crackdown on social media. Media sources said that the violent repression, which killed up to 1,500 people, was ordered directly by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. An additional 7,000 people are believed to have been jailed, some of whom have been tortured according to rights groups. The internal unrest, which poses the greatest challenge to the mullahs since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, has been worsened by protests in Iraq and Lebanon partially fueled by anger over Iranian interventionism in both countries. The regime’s predicament is further compounded by the intensifying effects of USA economic sanctions. (VFI News)
Pray that the Iranian people who want political and social change but live in fear of expressing their discontent will be encouraged in their hopes. Intercede for courage and the protection of those taking part in nation-wide protests.