Pompeo calls for Iranians to send US videos, photos of protests

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks after his meeting with Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo at the State Department in Washington, US, September 13, 2019. Reuters

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SULAIMANI — US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for Iranian protesters to send videos “documenting the regime’s crackdown” on protesters to the US.

Shortly after the protests began on November 15, the Iranian government cut off internet across the country in an attempt to limit publicity. The internet blockage made it difficult for protesters to post videos on social media to generate support or obtain reliable reports about the extent of the unrest.

 “I have asked the Iranian protestors to send us their videos, photos, and information documenting the regime’s crackdown on protestors. The US will expose and sanction the abuses,” he said in a tweet on Wednesday.

US President Donald Trump also said in a tweet that the Iranian regime had “become so unstable” that the regime had cut off internet to avoid showing the “tremendous violence taking place within the country” to the world.

“They want ZERO transparency, thinking the world will not find out the death and tragedy that the Iranian Regime is causing!” he added.

On Thursday, Iran began restoring internet access in the capital Tehran and a number of provinces, after a days-long nationwide shutdown meant to help stifle unrest over fuel price hikes.

The unrest erupted on November 15 after the government announced gasoline price hikes of at least 50%. Protests began in several provincial towns before spreading to some 100 cities and towns across the Islamic Republic. They quickly turned political with protesters demanding top officials to step down, according to Reuters.

Amnesty International said at least 106 protesters were killed by the security forces in 21 cities in Iran.

Snipers have shot into crowds of protesters from rooftops and, in one case, from a helicopter, Amnesty reported.

Iran’s UN mission on Wednesday dismissed the casualty report as “speculative, not reliable.”

(NRT Digital Media/Retuers)