IRANIAN authorities have slowed internet connections to a crawl or choked them off completely before expected student protests today to deny the opposition a vital means of communication.
In another familiar tactic before such rallies, authorities have ordered journalists working for foreign media organisations not to leave their offices to cover the demonstrations.
Iran’s beleaguered opposition has sought to maintain momentum with periodic demonstrations coinciding with state-sanctioned events.
Today’s rallies will take place on a day that normally marks a 1953 killing of three students at an anti-US protest. Since the 1990s, the day has served as an occasion for pro-reform protests.
Students are at the centre of the opposition to Iran’s clerical regime and its brutal crackdown on demonstrators protesting against what they believed was a fraudulent presidential election in June.
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