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Explainer: What Is Known About The Violent Iranian Protests Through The Lens Of An Internet Blackout? | RFERL

A heavy Internet blackout in Iran has made it difficult to verify information about the violent protests that broke out in dozens of cities across Iran after a November 15 announcement that gasoline prices would be dramatically increased. Despite the online shutdown and lack of information due to media censorship, social media posts, official announcements, and state media reports give some clues about the situation of the past few days.

Why are Iranians protesting?

Protests erupted over the government’s decision to significantly raise the price of the country’s heavily subsidized gasoline — without any warning and making the announcement overnight — angering many Iranians who believe cheap fuel is a natural right.

Source: Explainer: What Is Known About The Violent Iranian Protests Through The Lens Of An Internet Blackout? | Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty

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