Iran videos hit internet revealing scope of crackdown Dec 04, 2019 0 160 12345 Nicosia: Videos showing harrowing scenes of bleeding protesters, burning roadblocks and snipers on rooftops have emerged after Iran lifted a near-total internet blackout, opening a window onto what analysts say was one of Tehran’s bloodiest crackdowns.This repression “was harsher” than during previous protests in Iran, Kamran Matin, senior lecturer in International Relations at Sussex University in Britain, told AFP in Nicosia.“All the videos I have seen from before the internet was shut down show that from the moment of the gathering of people to ‘shoot to kill’ was very short.” But global insight into the protests and most Iranians’ access to those outside the country was quickly cut off when authorities clamped down on internet access, according to NetBlocks, which monitors internet disruptions. As the internet was gradually restored a week later -- with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei saying a “very dangerous” plot had been foiled -- a picture of events began to emerge piecemeal.Many videos from some of the estimated 100 areas where demonstrations erupted appear to show security forces firing at close range at unarmed demonstrators or beating them with batons. Shaky footage shows bloodied people prone on the street, shouts and panicked screaming as others rush to their aid. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Iraq parties, allies debate new premier as violence hits capital, shrine cities Dec 04, 2019 0 196 Two soldiers killed, seven injured in roadside bomb in central Mali: Army Dec 04, 2019 0 1359 Nearly a third of residents in southern Israel consider move Dec 04, 2019 0 787 Syrian refugees leave Lebanon to head back home Beirut: Some 71 families from Syrian refugees living in Lebanon voluntarily returned to their homeland on Tuesday, Lebanon’s National News Agency (NNA) reported. Scores of Syrian refugees, accompanied by Lebanese .. Zimbabwe’s Mugabe left $10 mn, 10 cars, a farm and two houses Harare: Zimbabwe’s late former president Robert Mugabe left US$10 million, 10 cars, a farm and two houses, details of his estate released on Tuesday revealed. The state-owned Herald newspaper said his daughter, Bona .. US ends freeze on $100 million in Lebanon aid AFP Washington US President Donald Trump’s administration said on Monday it has released $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon that had been quietly frozen for months amid US complaints about the clout of .. Trump slams govt crackdown in Iran, defends Iranians ‘killed for protesting’ AFP London US President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced Iran’s crackdown on anti-government protesters, as rights groups said the death toll had soared. Protests erupted in Iran on November 15 after an announcement .. 23 killed, dozens injured as fire engulfs factory in the Sudanese capital Khartoum: Twenty-three people were killed and dozens injured as a fire triggered by an explosion in a gas tanker tore through a factory in the Sudanese capital on Tuesday, officials said. Thick plumes of black smoke ..