In Iran, in terror and uncertainty, a revolt behind closed doors

Triggered against rising fuel prices announced by the government without notice, the protest movement quickly took a political turn.

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A charred building following protests in Karaj, near Tehran, on November 18th.
A charred building following protests in Karaj, near Tehran, on November 18th. MASOUME ALIAKBAR / AP

While the protest rages across the country and the dead of the crackdown could be in the hundreds, the voices from Iran are very rare. Despite the almost total blockage of the Internet, a new measure imposed by the authorities, some of them still manage to be heard.

"One, two, three, we try. You hear our voice from North Korea, he tweeted the Iranian owner of an account in the name of Ghaffar, ironically on the lead screed that hit the country. Since November 15, it is the theater of a massive protest movement and a brutal repression that takes place almost behind closed doors.

Triggered against the rise in gasoline prices announced by the government without notice in the night of 14 to 15 November, the movement quickly took a political turn, going so far as to challenge the very legitimacy of the Islamic Republic.

According to Amnesty International, the repression has already claimed at least 106 lives in twenty-one Iranian cities. The authorities, who for the moment have only spoken of the death of four members of the police, are content to denounce a conspiracy by the foreigner. In the absence of the Internet and while the country's media are required not to cover the events except to denounce the rioters 'sackings or to relay the official statements, everything suggests that the victims' record is going to increase.

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"A real sense of humiliation"

Despite the importance of the current events in Iran, the information comes in bits of the interior of the country with a very limited number of videos, photos, stories relayed by ingenious Internet users who are struggling to get around the block.

The world was able to join some of them and others who testify to the atmosphere of terror and uncertainty in which the country is now plunged.

"There is, since the announcement on the essence, a real feeling of humiliation. I see it in everyonesays an Iranian journalist known for his independence through encrypted messaging. A friend told me, with great enthusiasm, how, along with other protesters, they blocked the road. He was deeply pleased to have been able to bring home a piece torn off the pump from a gas station that the protesters had attacked. " In this protest, as in others, according to the journalist, expressed anger to see Tehran use the public money for his projects of domination in Iraq and on the Palestinian scene while the ordinary Iranians suffer.


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