Protests in Iran: Starlink terminals smuggled into Tehran

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 Protests in Iran: Starlink terminals smuggled into Tehran

Anti-government protests in Iran continue throughout the country. Footage from the scene shows large crowds of people chanting slogans and blocking roads in Tehran. There was also information on social networks that Starlink satellite Internet terminals were smuggled into the country.

Video posted on social networks shows protests in Mahabad, Tabriz, Tehran and Isfahan and other cities.

One video reportedly from Tehran shows a large crowd of protesters blocking a road and burning what looks like a garbage can, while another video from the Iranian capital shows a woman chanting “Death to a dictator” from a loudspeaker on top of a building as the crowd chant the slogan off-screen.

In another video from Qom, a man knocks down the headdress of a religious man walking through the city. A number of videos from across Iran also show women walking in public places without headscarves, and in one video, women eat at the Palladium mall in Tehran without headscarves.

Another video from Tehran, posted on Wednesday, shows two women hugging passers-by with a sign reading “Hug a sad nation.”

Videos posted on social media in recent days continue to show government security forces cracking down hard on protesters, with police firing tear gas and live ammunition at residential buildings in several cities. One video shows security forces beating demonstrators with batons in Rasht on north of Iran.

The exact number of victims remains unclear, but human rights groups report that more than 240 associated with the Iranian opposition.

The Oil Workers' Protest Organizing Council said on Thursday that more than 250 petrochemical workers have been arrested as a result of strikes and protests in the past two weeks.

Moin Nehzati, an Iranian who recently moved to the US to attend university, tweeted this week that “the crackdown in Iran is a lot worse than you think, even if you follow the news.”

Nehzati stressed that most news outlets only report what they can verify, but the lack of reporters on the ground and the Iranians' fear of dealing with foreign press make verifying much of the information about the protest almost impossible. The Iranian student added that the death toll is higher than reported, but many relatives of the victims are unwilling to speak publicly or in the foreign press.

Journalist for Voice of America Shahed Alawi tweeted Thursday that a doctor treating political prisoners at Evin Prison saw at least 20 corpses in a van after a fire engulfed the prison on Saturday.

Iranian authorities severely restricted Internet access throughout country. However, the widely cited Twitter account 1500tasvir has reported in recent days that the state of internet access has become even worse than last month.

Internet restrictions have made it extremely difficult to post reports and videos of the protests in Iran on social media. , meaning that the full scale of the ongoing protests is unclear.

On Thursday, videos and photos were posted on social media that allegedly showed how equipment for the Starlink satellite Internet service is being installed in Iran, although reports differ as to whether the equipment was installed in Ahvaz or Tehran.

Firouz Naderi, Iranian-American, formerly Director of Research Solar System at NASA, tweeted on Wednesday that middlemen were trying to sell Starlink terminals on the black market in Iran for $2,000-3,000, despite about three dozen terminals being donated for free.

next week, Iranians will mark 40 days since the assassination of Mahsa Amini, an important date in Shia mourning rituals.

Demonstrations in support of Iranian protesters will also take place in Berlin on Saturday.

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