Iran government cuts access to social networks
New demonstrations broke out on Wednesday evening in Iran, sparking violent clashes with the police in places. Internet and social media access was limited.
Nocturnal demonstrations broke out again on Wednesday evening, for the fifth consecutive night, in many cities of the Islamic Republic of Iran, especially in the North-West in Urmia and Sardasht. They follow one another in fifteen cities since the announcement of the death of Mahsa Amini, Friday, to the holy city of Qom, south-west of Tehran, birthplace of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The latter spoke on Wednesday in Tehran but said nothing about the unrest sparked by the death of a woman arrested by the morality police. At the UN rostrum on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden said he stood in solidarity with 'brave women of Iran'
In the south, video footage apparently from Wednesday shows protesters burning a huge portrait of General Qassem Soleimani, killed by a US strike in Iraq in January 2020.
Elsewhere in the country, angry demonstrators blocked traffic, set fire to garbage cans and police vehicles, threw stones at security forces and chanted anti-government slogans, according to the official Irna news agency. Police used tear gas and made a number of arrests to disperse the crowd, the agency said.