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.
….They want ZERO transparency, thinking the world will not find out the death and tragedy that the Iranian Regime is causing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2019
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.
I have asked the Iranian protestors to send us their videos, photos, and information documenting the regime’s crackdown on protestors. The U.S. will expose and sanction the abuses. https://t.co/korr5p0woA
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) November 21, 2019
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.