The Iranian government banned the Internet due to the increasing demonstration of women regarding the hijab. Instagram and WhatsApp have been banned in the country. Meanwhile, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced that he is activating satellite internet service Starlink in Iran.
After Mahsa Amini died in police custody, there have been a lot of protests in Iran. The protesters were also stopped by force from the security forces, which caused many deaths. Because more and more women were protesting about the hijab, the Iranian government shut down the Internet. The country has banned Instagram and WhatsApp. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, has said that he is turning on the Starlink satellite internet service in Iran.
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and founder of SpaceX, said on Friday that he will turn on the satellite internet service Starlink because Iran shut down its internet because of a protest against the hijab. This information came from a tweet from a high-level US official, which Musk replied to. Musk said that he is turning on Starlink in Iran in response to a tweet from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
We took action today to advance Internet freedom and the free flow of information for the Iranian people, issuing a General License to provide them greater access to digital communications to counter the Iranian government’s censorship.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) September 23, 2022
The US government on Friday issued guidelines on expanding internet services for Iranians, despite US sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. According to Reuters, the US official told that there is no need to get a license for Starlink. It will be commercial, for which they will need to write to the Treasury.
The US Department of Defense later stated that any person who meets the criteria set forth in this general license may carry on their activities without requesting additional permission. However, Elon Musk could not be reached for comment on Starlink’s approval to operate in Iran.
Many protesters have died
Let us inform that so far many people have died in the action of the security forces on the protest against the killing of Mahsa Amini. The government has banned the Internet in Iran in view of the increasing protests. Social media platforms WhatsApp and Instagram have also been banned. On the other hand, many countries in the UN have condemned the use of force on the protesters. Protests are also taking place in New York City against the murder of Mahsa Amini. Hundreds of Iranians demonstrated in front of the United Nations Building.
Hijab burning, women cutting hair
According to a media report, women all over the state are expressing happiness among the people by lighting their hijabs by lighting bonfires. At the same time, some women are expressing anger by cutting their long hair.