During the last days, citizen protests have been experiencing in Iran caused by the rise in the price of oil in the country and, as the street revolts were increasing, Internet access was fading in the country.
As Net Blocks points out, which is a non-governmental organization that monitors cyber security in countries in Africa and Asia, during the last days of last week the speed of Internet access was significantly reduced throughout the country. However, on Saturday, as the revolts were getting worse, the Internet connection was cut almost completely by the Government, both in homes and mobile Internet services.
During the rest of the weekend, Iran has experienced a connectivity close to 5% of the activity it usually registers on similar days, reaching 7% last night. Protests for the 50% rise in the price of fuel continue, and for example, on social networks such as Twitter, the #IranProtests hashtag is trending topic.
To overcome the usual censorship of the Government, which has also restricted access to most of the social networks, what many citizens do is go to a VPN , a system that allows them to connect to computers and servers located in other countries.
In the country the connectivity cuts are habitual, although this is the longest produced since President Rouhani came to power. Iran joins a long list of countries that this year have completely blocked Internet access due to riots in the streets of its main cities, such as Sudan or Zimbabwe, as well as India, Republic of the Congo, Myanmar.
Facebook recently published a list of the countries that have had the longest access to the social network during 2019.