Protests in Iran: Elon Musk activates Starlink to facilitate Internet access

Washington has decided to “counter the censorship of the Iranian government”, in the words of the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, Friday, September 23, specifies Le Parisien. While Tehran has imposed drastic internet restrictions to block access to Instagram and WhatsApp, the United States has eased its sanctions to “advance internet freedom and the free flow of information”. In short: to allow protesters of the Iranian regime to communicate in their revolt.

As early as Monday, Elon Musk had indicated his willingness to provide his Starlink satellite broadband service to Iran. What to overstep the power. “Activation in progress,” said the boss of the company and Tesla on Twitter, in response to Antony Blinken’s decision. Can the service be deployed for potential users in Iran without hardware, namely a specific router and antenna?

Deadly repression. Since the death of Mahsa Amini last week, arrested by the morality police for not having covered her hair enough with her veil, demonstrations have taken place in Iran, in many cities. “For the first time, Iranian women have taken the lead in a social movement that is not cultural,” sociologist Farhad Khosrokhavar told L’Opinion. On Thursday, state media reported the deaths of 17 people. According to the opposition NGO Iran Human Rights, the balance sheet would be at least 50 dead.

Friday evening, Tehran was again the site of overflows. Faced with the revolt, the executive represses and staged its own demonstrations. In Tehran, Qom or Isfahan, in particular, mobilizations took place, with women in chadors. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi also assured that he vouched for the investigation into the circumstances of Mahsa Amini’s death.

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