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Iran restricts access to two social networks to stop the spread of violent information

时间:2018-01-02 15:58:49 Source: Xinhuanet Time: 2018-01-02 15:58:49

On the last day of 2017, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani responded for the first time to demonstrations in the past four days, saying that the public has the right to protest and criticism, but the government will not tolerate violence and damage to public property.

Iranian media reported that law enforcement temporarily restricted access to two social networks to prevent the spread of violent information.

U.S. President Donald Trump has instigated demonstrations in Iran for days, and Rouhani turned his back on each other.

["No violence will be tolerated"]

"The people undoubtedly have the freedom to criticize and even protest," Rouhani said at a cabinet meeting on December 31. "But criticism is not the same as violence and destruction of public property."

He emphasized: "The government will not tolerate someone destroying public property, disrupting public order, and creating social unrest."

Iranian state television reported that Rouhani also stated that government agencies "should provide space for legitimate criticism and protest," calling on media to be more transparent and balanced.

Official Iranian media have begun to broadcast graffiti in the past two days, showing some demonstrators rammed banks and government offices, overthrowing cars, arson, and burning the Iranian flag. Interior Minister Abdul-Reza Rahmani Fazli said offenders must "pay the price."

According to local media sources, about 200 people were detained or arrested on December 30 in the capital Tehran; in the western city of Arak, about 80 people were detained.

Rally in some places in support of the government. On the 31st, at the University of Tehran, students supporting the government demonstrated for the second day in a row. Agence France-Presse reported that they had more people than anti-government demonstrators outside the school the day before.

[Shut down the "sedition" network]

Fazley said the government will resolutely fight "abuse of the Internet and spread violence."

Iranian National Television reported on December 31 that, due to security concerns, the Supreme National Security Council of Iran has decided to temporarily restrict the use of the instant messaging mobile application software Telegram and the photo sharing software Instagram.

Telegram claims to have 40 million users, accounting for half of Iran's entire population. The founder and CEO of the social network, Pavel Durov, confirmed the same day that law enforcement has closed all login ports.

Iran's Minister of Communications Mohamed-Jawad Azhar Jahrumi pointed out that an account on Telegram "incited hatred, petrol bombs, armed riots and social unrest".

Telegram subsequently closed a specific account operated by exil journalist Ruhala Zam. The Associated Press reports that the account disseminated news related to the demonstration and videos taken by the demonstrators. Zam had previously been charged with collusion with foreign intelligence agencies and fled overseas. He denied using Telegram to incite violence.

According to some Iranian media, the government's measures include restricting the use of mobile phones to access the Internet in some locations.

[American fan ignites]

This round of demonstrations took place in Mashhad, Iran's second largest city, as early as the 28th, and then spread to many cities. Demonstrators initially protested economic hardship and corruption, but later turned their finger on the government and opposed Iran's Middle East policy. Some demonstrators even called for exit signs in support of the king overthrown by the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979.

Iran ’s current inflation rate is at double digits, and the unemployment rate exceeds 12%. Young people are particularly unemployed.

In response, the Iranian government is preparing to cancel its plan to raise fuel prices, promising to provide more funding to the poor and create more jobs. "We expect at least 830,000 jobs to be created in the new year," Iranian government spokesman Mohammed Bagir Nobacht said on the evening of December 30.

The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards, police and militia have shown general restraint against the demonstrations. In the western town of Dorud, two demonstrators were officially confirmed dead as a result of an illegal rally, but police or militiamen fired shots.

US President Trump "supported" demonstrations on social networking sites for days in a row. On December 31, he left a message on Twitter, saying that the Iranian people "seem unwilling to bear it any longer" and that the United States "is closely watching" whether the rights of demonstrators have been violated.

Rouhani refuted: "The man who is in the United States and is sympathetic to our people today has forgotten that a few months ago, he also called the Iranian people as a" terrorist ... "This man who completely opposed Iran was not qualified to show sympathy to the Iranian people . "(Hu Ruoyu)

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