President Trump lashes out at Iranian regime over internet shutdown

Smoke rises during a protest after authorities raised gasoline prices, in the central city of Isfahan, Iran, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo)

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UPDATED 8:00 PM PT — Thursday, November 21, 2019

President Trump is calling out the Iranian regime over its ongoing internet ban. On Thursday, the president said the Iranian government is restricting citizens from using the internet, which bars them from broadcasting the violence in their country.

The country’s government pulled the plug on the internet over the weekend due to protests in the region. Iranian officials claimed the internet should be back on within the next two days.

“Rest assured that as soon as the conditions are right, the disruptions will be removed and we will resume our previous status,” said Cyberspace Council Secretary Abolhassan Firouzabadi.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is asking Iranian protesters to expose abuses of human rights by the Ayatollah regime. In a Thursday tweet, Pompeo called on protesters to send over videos, photos and any other related information documenting the regime’s attempts to silence demonstrations.

The secretary said the U.S. will slap sanctions on all regime official involved in the ongoing violence. Pompeo pledged America’s full support for the Iranian people.

Iran has not disclosed the number of people killed in the unrest, but human rights groups estimated at least 106 have died. Protests continue despite the Ayatollah regime’s claims of victory over demonstrators. Recent hikes in fuel prices and poor economic conditions prompted anti-clerical sentiments and violent clashes.

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