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In 2013 and 2014, the Barack Obama administration issued a pair of general licenses meant to encourage the export of communications technology to Iranand prevent U.S. sanctions from inadvertently helping Iran's rulers stifle free expression.
Will we see an Iranian revolution in 2018? The Head of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, Mousa Ghanzafar Abadi, warned that the Ministry of Interior had declared the protests illegal and that those who continued to engage in demonstrations would face severe penalties.
The slogans quickly turned political calling for the downfall of the Islamic Republic of Iran. But Signal is mostly unavailable in Iran - technology activists report mixed service - because Google has blocked Iranians from using a service called Google App Engine. "You should see the footprint of those who make such comments in the beginning of recent movements in Mashhad", he said.
Abolfazl Soleimani, a white-turbaned cleric in Qom, was 24 at the time and remembers the scene at Eram Square, now called Shohada (Martyrs') Square.
The mullahs' intentions were clear: to block access to digital platforms used by protesters to spread information about the uprising.
In a state-sponsored show of force aimed at countering the outpouring of dissent, thousands of Iranians earlier took part in pro-government rallies in several cities.
Iranian millennials hardly keep their wealth a secret, especially in the age of social media. Well, Donald Trump is the US president, not a Barack Obama-type supplicant who fervently believes a nuclear weapons deal with Iranian militants is the ultimate in peacenik presidential legacies. In Tabriz in north-western Iran, some 30 people were killed when police fired at a crowd of protesters.
"Such respect for the people of Iran as they try to take back their corrupt government".
"They launched (social media) campaigns with the theme of 'no to high prices', 'no to paying bills'", he said, adding that the plan was to start unrest in the provinces before moving on to Tehran.
In addition to the deaths, hundreds of people have been arrested. A 2013 investigation by Reuters showed that some of the organisations Ayatollah Khamenei controls - reportedly without oversight - have allowed him to accrue great wealth.
Police appealed to the public to help them clamp down on anti-government protesters, asking them to send photos and videos of "trouble-makers", and to help them identify suspects already caught on camera.
Critics of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani say he has abandoned the poor, pointing to rising prices for key commodities like fuel, bread and eggs. Many of them are watching what has been unfolding across the country over the past week with surprise and some wariness. That year, a contested presidential election that returned the incumbent hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad triggered protests that collectively became known as the "Green Movement".
Further, the organisers of the Green Movement toldNPR that they were completely taken by surprise by the current protests.
Some of those detained, he said, had not participated in protests and for unclear reasons were arrested at home. Many wondered whether there was a foreign ulterior motive to fan the flame of the protests.
Although Iran's Islamic rulers focus most of their ire on the United States these days, many Iranians remain particularly suspicious of the British, remembering their colonial machinations in the early 20th century. And hard-liners have, in turn, accused Mr. Rouhani of leaking secret parts of his proposed budget, including details of the country's religious institutes, in a calculated move to turn ordinary people against religious institutions.
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