An American “internet” to communicate the Iranian demonstrations to the world

Washington announced on Friday that it eased restrictions on the export of technology imposed on Iran to expand access to Internet services that the government has severely restricted, amid a crackdown on week-long demonstrations protesting the death of a young woman while in the custody of the moral police.

The US Treasury deemed Tehran’s blocking of the internet to be an attempt to “prevent the world from witnessing its violent campaign against peaceful protesters.” Deputy Treasury Secretary Wali Adeemo said in a statement that the new measure would allow technology companies “to broaden the range of Internet services available to Iranians”.

“While brave Iranians come down in square to protest Mahsa Amini’s death, the United States is doubling its support for the free flow of information to the Iranian people, “he added.

Iran witnessed a week of bloody protests following the death of Amini, who was arrested last week for wearing the veil. “in inappropriate way “.

The 22-year-old Kurdish woman had spent three days in coma after being arrested by the morality police.

The US Treasury said it was taking steps to allow access to the softwareincluding anti-virus and anti-malware tools, as well as a video conferencing service to support “Iranian people’s access to fact-based information.”

“With these changes, we are helping the Iranian people to be better prepared to face government efforts to monitor and limit them,” he added.

Deputy Treasury Secretary Wali Adeemo said in a statement that the measures “will expand the range of Internet services available to Iranians” to help “the Iranian people be better equipped to thwart government efforts to monitor and censor them.”

The impact of this move may not be immediate, as US administration officials have acknowledged in a conference call with reporters, but “over time, this will give the Iranian people more tools to deal with these repressive efforts by the Iranian government.”

“The Iranian government has cut off Internet access to most of its 80 million citizens to prevent them – and the world – from witnessing its violent campaign against peaceful protesters,” said US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. in a separate declaration.

He added that Washington “will help ensure that the Iranian people do not remain isolated and ignorant.”

This week, members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans, sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urging her to ease restrictions on Iranian internet services and “clarify the rules for providing services to the Iranian people” and “expedite all licenses relevant to the businesses, including Starlink. “