The death toll of a young woman named Mahsa Amini (22) who was detained by the police in Iran has reached 9 in the ongoing anti-government protests in the country.
This information is known in a report of the Associated Press (AP) on Thursday.
Meanwhile, citizens across Iran suffered an almost complete internet blackout on Wednesday due to the protests.
Although earlier, an Iranian official had hinted at taking such a step.
He said such measures could be taken due to security concerns.
On the other hand, the disconnection of the Internet will make it more difficult for people to organize protests and share information about the government’s crackdown on dissent.
The slain Ameni was detained for allegedly wearing the obligatory Islamic headscarf too loosely.
Since his death, protests have started across the country. Protesters clashed with police and called for the downfall of the country’s existing Islamic Republic. Even when Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, there were protests.
According to the country’s semi-official Fars news agency, police fired tear gas at protesters chanting ‘I want the dictator dead’ and ‘I will kill whoever killed my sister’.
London-based rights group Amnesty International said security forces used batons, batons, tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters. It has been reported that eight people died in the clash, including four killed by the security forces. It is said that hundreds more were injured at this time.
Iranian officials reported three deaths. They blamed unidentified armed groups for the deaths.
Some eyewitnesses on condition of anonymity said they were unable to access the internet on their mobile phones at midnight on Wednesday.
“We’re seeing internet service outages, including mobile data, in Iran in the last few hours,” Doug Madori, director of Internet analytics at Kentucky, Inc., a network intelligence company, said Wednesday at midnight.
He said, ‘Considering the current situation of the country, this is probably the step taken by the country’s government.’
NetBlocks, a London-based group that monitors internet access, has previously reported network disruptions to both Instagram and WhatsApp.
Meta, Facebook’s parent company, said it was aware that Iranians were being denied access to the internet.
In a statement, Meta said, ‘We hope they will soon regain their right to use the Internet.’
Earlier on Wednesday, Iran’s Telecommunications Minister Isa Jarepour was quoted by state media as saying that certain restrictions may be imposed – ‘due to security concerns’.
According to the police, the deceased Ameni died of a heart attack and was not abused.
However, his family doubted the police claim, saying that Ameni had no heart problems and that the police had prevented them from viewing Ameni’s body.
In a telephone interview with BBC Persian on Wednesday, the victim’s father, Amjad Amini, accused authorities of lying about his daughter’s death. Every time he asks how his daughter died, the line is mysteriously cut off.
The United Nations human rights office said the country’s morality police have recently stepped up their operations and are committing various forms of violence against women.
President Raisi, on the other hand, called for an investigation into Amini’s death.
Iranian officials have blamed unnamed foreign powers for the protests. They say these countries are trying to spread unrest by telling lies.
Protests have been on the rise in Iran in recent years due to a chronic economic crisis caused by various sanctions imposed by the West over its alleged nuclear program.
The Biden administration and its European allies continue to push for a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. The West demands that sanctions on Iran be lifted if it stops its nuclear activities. But the discussion regarding this has been closed for a long time.
In his speech at the United Nations, Raisi said Iran is committed to complying with the terms of the nuclear deal. However, he questioned whether they can trust the US commitment to any agreement.
Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. Iran accelerated its nuclear program after then-President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2015.
Experts say Iran probably has enough highly-enriched uranium to make a bomb.