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Trump Lashes Out at Iran over Internet Shutdown

Trump Lashes Out at Iran over Internet Shutdown

Thursday, 21 November, 2019 - 18:30
FILE PHOTO: US President Donald Trump departs for campaign travel to Louisiana from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, US, November 14, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

US President Donald Trump said Thursday that Iran is so “unstable” that the Iranian government has shut down the internet so the people cannot disclose the “tremendous violence” occurring in the country.

Trump tweeted that the Iranian government wants “ZERO transparency” and believes that by shutting down the internet the rest of the world will not find out about the “death and tragedy that the Iranian Regime is causing!”

Recent violence was triggered by Iran’s raising the minimum price for gasoline by 50 percent. The internet has been blocked since Saturday.

Iran isn’t saying how many people have been killed, injured or arrested in the unrest.

Amnesty International estimates at least 106 people have been killed with the actual death toll much higher.

Trump’s tweets came as The Revolutionary Guards said calm had returned across Iran, state TV reported.

"The internet is being gradually restored in the country," the semi-official news agency Fars said, quoting unidentified informed sources.

Fars quoted the sources as saying the National Security Council that had ordered the shutdown approved reactivating the internet in "some areas and, according to reports so far, fixed line internet has been restored in Hormozgan, Kermanshah, Arak, Mashhad, Qom, Tabriz, Hamadan and Bushehr provinces, and parts of Tehran."

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