As Protest Movement Grows, Iran Begins Restricting Internet Access

The major news of the day is that the Government of Iran has enacted temporary bans on social networking applications and is now restricting internet access across the country. The crackdown comes in direct response to a string of ongoing National protests, criticizing the Government of Hassan Rouhani and calling for regime change. Rouhani maintains that he is only limiting access to the internet and other telecommunications in order to “maintain the peace” and save lives during this time of unrest, not to censor his critics.

The protests have only been going on for about a week at this point, but to date it has already been reported that at least 13 people have been killed, 1 police officer has been shot and hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested. Making matters worse, the longer these protests last and the more people show up to them, the more things have started to deteriorate and the more violent the rallies have become. Consequentially, this is also exactly why President Rouhani has begun blocking the internet, to stop these protests from growing before the situation gets any worse.

As was reported by Security Affairs earlier today, the Government of Iran has now resorted to “blocking internet on mobile networks.” Adding that “multiple reports confirm the authorities are blocking social media services like Instagram and messaging services like Telegram since December 30.” From the outside looking in, it looks like the Government of Iran is fearful that these protests might end up amounting to the second coming of “the Arab Spring” during which the Egyptian Government similarly restricted internet access and banned social media applications following a string of violent protests in 2011.

Why Is This Happening

Just as foreign Governments and intelligence agencies around the world try to influence media/politics here in the United States, such as the US Presidential election of 2016, the United States similarly does this to other countries. For example, just as we now know Russia paid to promote social rallies on behalf of Black Lives Matter and white supremacist organizations here in the United States, we also now know that the US Central Intelligence Agency has similarly paid to promote social rallies/uprisings in other countries over the same time period – ever hear of the Syrian or Libyan rebels?

Playing this logic outwards, Donald Trump and his Presidential Cabinet have long since been on public record as standing opposed to the Nuclear Deal signed under Barack Obama in 2015, and have even indicated that the US may one day soon withdraw itself from the Treaty altogether. However, what I find particularly interesting is the level of attention Donald Trump is paying to the Iranian protests right now. For example, over the course of the last 4 days President Trump has literally made more Tweets about the social uprisings in Iran than he has about anything else.

While this may just be “speculation” and/or “hearsay,” I put forward that President Trump is only so interested in these protests because on some level, he has helped orchestrate, fund or coordinate them in some way. As you can even read from his Tweets for yourself, he is at the very least extremely supportive of them. By the way, this wouldn’t even be the first time in history that the United States has thrown a coup within Iran – you might remember 1953?

As Bernie Sanders once even explained in a debate with Hillary Clinton last year, the US has been pursuing aggressive regime change in just about every country that disagrees with us for the last 50-60 years. For example, just within the last 8 years under Barack Obama’s tenure in office, the United States Government and CIA have successfully completed regime changes in Egypt, Albania and Libya, and unsuccessfully attempted regime change in Syria and Turkey.

Given his outspoken remarks against the country in the past and his sudden hyper-focus on the events unfolding in Iran right now, would it be such a stretch to think that Donald Trump is now attempting to use the full weight of the US Governments and its resources to similarly effect regime changes in Iran – much like his predecessors in office have?

Wrapping Things Up

While there is undoubtedly some legitimate home-grown resistance to the Government of Hassan Rouhani within Iran, the exact timing of these National protests is peculiar. I say this because just within the last 2+ years alone Iran has seen international sanctions lifted against them and as a result, the country now has more money flowing into it than at any other point since the 1970’s. Not only this, but from Yemen, to Syria to Lebanon, Iran has moved a record number of troops out of the country and now has more regional influence over these territories than perhaps they have had dating all the way back to Babylonia.

All US Nationalism aside, these are both historically big “wins” for Iran, and all of this has only been made possible under the leadership/political policies of Hassan Rouhani himself. Therefore, it is rather mysterious why controversial national protests would begin erupting in Iran just as the country is starting to prosper and its economy is booming.

In terms of US interests, it is an indisputable fact that Iran and the United States stand apart on many issues right now. In fact, in both Syria and Yemen these countries are literally funding opposite sides of the same Wars against one another. It is also an indisputable fact that the more Iran successfully begins advancing its own national interests on the worlds stage, the more it stands in direct conflict with the US’s own national interests. This is also why the US has traditionally worked against Iran throughout the past and why I do not think it is speculative to suggest that the US or Donald Trump doesn’t have at least something to do with the political protests currently facing President Rouhani right now.

If you would like to learn more about why the United States didn’t or couldn’t withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Agreement earlier this year, you are invited to learn more here:

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