Washington, (EFE).- The United States on Friday authorized technology companies to expand their services in Iran, in response to Internet shutdowns ordered by Tehran to stop protests against violence against women and the compulsory veil.

“With this measure, we will help the Iranian people not to be isolated in the dark. This is a step to meaningfully support Iranians demanding that their basic rights be respected,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the United Nations Security Council in New York (NY, USA). EFE/Justin Lane

Specifically, the United States Treasury Department, which maintains strong sanctions against Iran, issued a general license with which “tech companies will be able to provide more digital services to Iranians, from cloud access to tools to improve their online security and connection”. privacy”.

Blinken: Iran fears its people

The head of the American diplomacy underlined that the Iranian authorities cut off internet access to most of its 80 million citizens to “prevent them and the world from seeing their violent crackdown on peaceful protests”.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (c) and US Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry (d) at the 77th United Nations Assembly in New York (NY, USA). EFE/Jason Szenes

“It is clear that the Iranian government is afraid of its own people,” said Blinken, who assured that Friday’s general license will “expand the free flow of information” in the country.

In a subsequent press conference call, a senior US administration official explained that extending services to the cloud will make it easier to access VPN networks, which help circumvent censorship and internet blocks.

Restrictions on communication services between people are also removed, which the technology companies had requested from the American authorities.

Iranian anger over Masha Amini’s death

The protests began last Friday after news of the death of 22-year-old Masha Amini after being arrested by the moral police for wrongly wearing the veil, and have spread across the country.

Detail of a woman’s hand holding a drawing by Mahsa Amini and a sign reading ‘We don’t want an Islamic republic: Iranian women want freedom’, during a rally in Berlin, Germany. EFE/Clemens Bilan

Public television IRIB reported the death of 26 people in clashes with the authorities.

The government has heavily restricted the internet, with mobile networks cut from 9 p.m. until morning for the past two days.

The United States on Thursday sanctioned the moral police for the death of the young woman and seven senior security officials for the suppression of the demonstrations.

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