Iran blocks Telegram app to suppress protests

Iran block Telegram app to suppress protests
Iran block Telegram app to suppress protests

A commander of Iranian Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) in Tehran said that the capital "is peaceful" and "we will not allow insecurity to continue in Tehran", Radio Farda reported on Tuesday.

Brigadier General Mohammad Kosari insisted that the IRGC has plays no role in confronting protests in Tehran. He said that police is in charge and dealing with the situation.

General Kosari made a similar statement on Saturday, after which larger protests took place in Tehran.

Local news reports, as well as reports received by Radio Farda indicate that in the evening there were protests and clashes between security forces and protesters in some parts of the capital.

It is not clear how large were the protests, but towns around the central city of Isfahan witnessed many protests and clashes.

There are many contradictory reports about the events in the Isfahan area. One report spoke of a police officer having been shot by protesters in Najafabad, a town just west of Isfahan. Agencies said that a protester with a hunting rifle had fired at security forces.

No other details are available and other sources have not confirmed the news.

Another report said a policeman was set ablaze by angry demonstrators, which has been denied by officials.

A third report in local media spoke of an attack by protesters on a government building in Ghahderijan , near Isfahan, where five protesters are said to have been killed. No other details were available.

Several activists in Kerman, who had established a channel on the social media app Telegram to organize protests have been arrested.

Iran blocked telegram on Sunday. The social media app is believed to have 40 million users in Iran and is an effective platform for sharing news and organizing gatherings.

Last Modified: 01 02 2018 12:40 PM

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