Mon. Sep 26th, 2022

Washington, (EFE).- The United States this Friday allowed tech companies to expand their services in Iran in response to internet cuts ordered by Tehran to stop protests against violence against women and the mandatory veil.

“With this arrangement, we will help the Iranian people not to be isolated in darkness. This is a step to meaningfully support Iranians’ demand that their fundamental rights be respected,” Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a statement.

United States Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, at the United Nations Security Council, in New York (NY, USA). EFE/Justin Lane

Specifically, the U.S. Treasury Department, which maintains tough sanctions against Iran, issued a general license that would “enable tech companies to provide Iranians with more digital services, from cloud access to tools to improve their security and online privacy.” “.

Blinken: Iran fears its people

The US diplomatic leader insisted that Iranian authorities had cut off internet access for most of its 80 million citizens “to prevent them and the world from seeing their violent crackdown on peaceful protests.”

US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken (C), and US Special Envoy for Climate Action, John Kerry (D) during the 77th session of the United Nations in New York (NY, USA), EFE/Jason Sagens

“It is clear that the Iranian government is afraid of its own people,” said Blinken, who assured that this Friday’s general license would “expand the free flow of information” in the country.

In a subsequent telephone press conference, a high-ranking official of the US administration explained that the expansion of services to the cloud will facilitate access to VPN networks, which allow to bypass censorship and blockages on the Internet.

Restrictions on human-to-human communication services have also been dropped, something that tech companies had requested from US authorities.

Iran’s anger over Masha Amini’s death

Morale started after news of the death of Masha Amini, 22, after she was arrested by police for wearing a veil last Friday, and has spread across the country.

Detail of a Mahsa Amini drawing of a woman holding hands and a sign reading “We do not want an Islamic Republic: Iranian women want freedom” during a rally in Berlin, Germany. EFE/Clémence Bilan

IRIB reported 26 deaths in clashes with state television authorities.

For the past two days, the government has severely restricted internet by shutting down mobile networks from 9 pm to morning.

The United States on Thursday sanctioned morale police and seven high-ranking security officials over the young woman’s death for suppressing protests.

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