Tehran (Web Desk): The Iranian government on Tuesday announced that it will unblock the internet only when authorities are sure it will not be abused during violent demonstrations against a petrol price hike.
The Islamic republic has been largely offline since the internet restrictions were imposed the day after the nationwide demonstrations broke out on Friday.
“Many professions and banks… have faced problems, and we have been trying to solve this,” government spokesman Ali Rabiei said, quoted by semi-official news agency ISNA.
“The internet will come back gradually in some provinces where there are assurances the internet will not be abused,” he said.
“We understand that people have faced difficulties… but the bigger concern under the current circumstances is maintaining the country’s peace and stability.”