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Thread: A wonderful passage from a report by the reformist newspaper Mardom Salari that captures the frustration with the ongoing Internet shutdown in #Iran: "Internet is a living space for people & a part of their experiences are virtual. Like it or not,..." 1/7 #IranProtests
"...Internet is part of the daily shared experiences of citizens & access to it is not only a right, but an essential necessity of living in a modern world. Internet is a place of work & generating income; a place for entertainment; a place for receiving & publishing news..." 2/7
"...a place of communication; & a place for production & showcasing art. There is nothing in our real human lives that does not have a trace on the Internet. So, many people consider restrictions on access to the Internet as restrictions on their personal & social lives..." 3/7
"...It is clear that turning the just popular protests into chaos & deviating them is not approved by any mindful person. But, under the current circumstances, shutting off the international Internet is not the solution..." 4/7 #Iran #Internet4Iran
"...Imposing severe restrictions on Internet access will undermine public confidence & in the medium-term weakening public confidence is very damaging for any country. Many citizens see restrictions on access to the Internet as a violation to their basic rights..." 5/7 #Iran
"...and additionally, cutting off Internet and filtering social networks for many people means temporary unemployment and loss of income. These issues are all roots of discontent & discontent over time can turn into protest..." 6/7 #Iran #IranProtests
"...So it is clear that cutting off the Internet is not a solution to limiting the protests & in the medium-term it may even become a cause for protest." 7/7 #Iran #IranProtests
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