MEK Iran: ‘National Internet’ Plan
According to the reports by The People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), many cities across Iran witnessed protests just days before the mullahs’ new president, Ebrahim Raisi, was installed.
Protests in Khuzestan province
Water shortages sparked the first protests in Khuzestan province. Rather than responding to people’s demands, the authorities began to oppress them and imposed an internet blackout.
Protests continued to grow across the country despite the regime’s crackdown. Fearing further demonstrations and retaliation from the outside world, the regime’s parliament soon voted in support of the internet restriction proposal in an attempt to maintain control over the volatile country.
Warning of another uprising
The state-controlled media has been continually warning of another uprising and the regime’s failure to address society’s crises.
On August 1, the state-run Resalat daily wrote, “People live to gain credibility, to evolve, not just to live at any cost and experience regression.”
On the same day, the state-run Resalat daily reported that the internet control plan “is a great shock to one of society’s most influential sections, the youth.”
Deadlock over internet censorship
The regime is stuck in a deadlock over internet censorship. There will be protests if it is approved and implemented; if it is not, protests will continue and expand across the country. People will be able to link with the organized Resistance movement, which is the most crucial aspect.
Eventually, as the protests spread, MPs would repeal the resolution, and here, in addition to the shock of the immediate decisions, another message was conveyed to the community that the decision-makers are unstable. Otherwise, they should not have changed their decision again within a week,” Resalat wrote.
The regime will suffer the consequences of the unrest
The daily Resalat then warned that the regime will suffer the consequences of the unrest. “This ill-considered decision demonstrates that officials have no plans for the people, and the decision’s reversal is not only futile, but it also reinforces and emphasizes the message that officials are unstable.”
Iran’s state media has also admitted that regime officials are trying to profit off the internet control plan. This is unsurprising coming from a dictatorship that has squandered Iran’s national resources on terrorism.
More protests and possibly another mass uprising
“Corruption is caused by any scheme that restricts access to facilities. Because internet users are required to purchase VPNs in order to access censored sites, it is now evident who sells those VPNs. The [regime officials] then control the market, making huge profits because they can set the price of VPNs as high as they want,” the state-run Sharq daily wrote on August 2.
Whatever the regime’s motivation for implementing the internet censorship proposal, the result will be more protests and possibly another mass uprising.
The current crises and challenges
“It appears that all of the power and opportunities of various factions have been wasted on the Internet project in the last few days. On August 2, the state-run Mostaghel daily said. “Continuation of such actions and reactions, which have occurred in similar cases, can impose irreparable costs on [the regime],”
“In such circumstances, the current crises and challenges, as well as the inefficiencies that have occurred, it is impossible to imagine a situation in which these rallies will continue, at least in the short term, under various pretexts,” Arman remarked on August 2.