Nationwide protests have continued in Iran following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained for what the country’s ethics police called “improper clothing”.
Protests continued for a fifth day on Wednesday, including in the capital, Tehran.
Amini’s death has sparked anger over issues including restrictions on freedoms in Iran and an economy reeling from sanctions. Women played a prominent role in the protests, waving and burning veils, and some even cut their hair in public.
Amini fell into a coma while in police custody after authorities deemed it a stroke and a heart attack.
Iran’s ethics police enforce strict regulations in Iran that require women to cover their hair and wear loose clothing in public. Her funeral was held on Saturday.
The Tehran police chief believes Amini has epilepsy and diabetes.
Her father denied it and said she had no health problems and that she had bruises on her leg while in custody. Police have denied harming her.
Iranian media and a local prosecutor said five people had been killed in the past two days, bringing the death toll according to official sources to nine, including a police member and two militia members. government households.
NetBlocks, a London-based internet access monitoring group, previously reported widespread disruptions to both Instagram and WhatsApp, as well as widespread network outages.
On Wednesday, Iran’s Telecommunications Minister Isa Zarepour was quoted by state media as saying that certain restrictions could be imposed “due to security issues”, without elaborating.
Iran has blocked Facebook, Telegram, Twitter and YouTube, even though top Iranian officials use public accounts on such platforms.
In a separate development, several official websites, including those dedicated to Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei, the current president and the Central Bank, have been taken down, at least for the time being. short, due to hackers claiming to have carried out a cyber attack on state agencies.
Hackers affiliated with the anonymous “Anonymous” movement say they also targeting other Iranian state agenciesincluding state television.