Internet restricted in Iran as officials work to crack down on spreading protests

Internet access is being restricted in Iran as violent protests sparked by the death of a woman in police custody spread across the country, according to residents and global internet watchdog NetBlocks.

The death last week of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by Tehran’s morality police for “unsuitable clothing”, sparked fury over issues including freedoms in the Islamic Republic and a sanctions-wound economy.

Kurdish rights group Hengaw said 10 protesters were killed by “direct fire” from government forces in the past four days and 450 people were injured in Iran’s Kurdish areas alone.

Amnesty International said it has so far been able to confirm eight of those deaths, including a 16-year-old boy who was shot dead when security forces opened fire on protesters.

“At least two other people have lost sight in one or both eyes,” Amnesty said, adding that security forces used metal balls, tear gas, water cannons and baton beatings to disperse protesters.

“Hundreds more, including children, have suffered painful injuries that amounted to torture or other ill-treatment as a result of the unlawful use of birdshot and other ammunition against them.”

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