US allows tech companies to improve Internet access in Iran


    WASHINGTON (AP) — American tech firms are allowed to expand business in Iran, where most Internet access has been shut down in response to anti-government protests, the Treasury Department said on Friday.

    Iran is cracking down on demonstrators protesting the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of its morality police. Iranian state television estimates that up to 26 protesters and police officers have been killed since violence erupted over the weekend.

    Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said the move will help counter government surveillance efforts.

    “It is clear that the Iranian government is afraid of its own people,” Blinken said in an emailed statement. “Mahsa Amini is senselessly and tragically dead and now the government is violently repressing peaceful protesters who are justifiably angry at their loss.”

    Morality police arrested Amini last week on the grounds that she did not properly cover her hair with the Islamic headscarf, known as the hijab. Amini collapsed during a…

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