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Iran videos hit internet revealing scope of crackdown

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)