With the return of the Internet, the Iranians discover the extent of the repression

Pedestrians pass by a bank burned during protests in Tehran on November 20th.
Pedestrians pass by a bank burned during protests in Tehran on November 20th. VAHID SALEMI / AP

After the bloody repression, here comes the time of propaganda. To respond to the massive wave of protest in the country, the Iranian authorities have invited their supporters to invest the streets in turn, Monday, November 25, to denounce "The destruction of public and private property" and "Interference from abroad" by opponents of the regime. The crackdown on the announcement of rising gas prices on November 15 would have left at least 143 people dead. The number of people arrested could reach 4,000.

"The message of today's demonstration is that we solve our problems ourselves and that we do not need foreigners. I thank the people for separating their voice from the protesters'Mohsen Rezaï, the deputy head of the Council for Discerning the Interests of the Republic (who legislates by decree on urgent issues), hammered out, while pro-regime protesters chanted: "Down with the authors of sedition. "

A few hours earlier, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi went even further by calling the protesters Monday "Real people", inviting foreign countries to watch them closely.

Amazement and horror

The "Real people" to the others, the protesters, those who have been on the street and those who are today angry at the violent crackdown by Tehran. Since the lifting of the Internet blockade on November 23, Iranians have been able to send images of the protests, while others discover, with amazement and horror, the extent of the violence. Gradually, the names and portraits of the victims arise, especially young men, simple passers-by or protesters.

In a video taken from a square in the city of Gorgan in the north-east, we see a civilian attacking with a sword to police, while another protester waving an ax in the air. Another video, taken from another point of view, shows the latter, without his ax, which, touched very closely by a bullet, falls to the ground. The security forces then drag the young man by the feet and evacuate him from the square.

"They can do what they want"

"Since the connection is restored, I'm getting crazy seeing the videos, while during the week when the Internet was cut, I felt like mourning a close, says Sara (her name has been changed), a doctor in northern Iran. With a tight throat, I feel a mixture of loneliness and frustration, thinking that these people can do what they want and that we can not do anything. "


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