Protests strike Iran cities over gasoline prices rising
Protests struck several Iranian cities early Saturday over the government cutting back on gasoline subsidies and increasing costs by 50%, demonstrations ranging from people abandoning their cars in traffic to trying to attack an oil depot in one city. © Provided by The Associated Press Vehicles queue to enter a gas station in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Authorities have imposed rationing and increased the prices of fuel. The decision came following months of speculations about possible rationing after the U.S.
Iran is trying anto hinder protests: cut the lines of communication. The Iranian government has nearly all internet access in the country amidst mounting protests that began over a 50 percent hike in fuel prices and now encompass wider dissent. There are pockets of access that have let people show what's happening on the ground, but they're rare. Phone calls abroad still work, but those are also closely monitored.
The government hasn't formally acknowledged the internet shutdown.
As in past instances of country-wide internet blackouts, Iran is attempting to control both the protests themselves and the world's impression of what's going on. In theory, this reduces the chances of protesters organizing and posing a greater threat to the country's rulers. At the same time, it becomes that much harder to share news and illustrate the scope of the protests.
Iran's internet has been shut down for days amid protests
A government-imposed internet blackout continues after more than 90 hours.NetBlocks, an internet access watchdog, said access to internet in Iran via fixed-line and mobile providers has been almost entirely cut off since Saturday.
Unfortunately, this appears to be part of a larger trend around the world. Both India and Pakistan have shut down internet access in the hotly disputed territory of Kashmir in recent months, while Russia recently gave itself the power to. Internet shutdowns are quickly becoming weaponized, and that's unlikely to change as long as the leadership remains the same.
Egypt lowers fuel price after
The Egyptian government has reduced the price of fuel by an average of 4%.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Petroleum, the committee responsible for setting prices for petroleum products "decided to lower fuel prices (...) by 25 piastres (about 1 euro cent) per liter in the internal market. ". Three reasons were cited for this reduction in fuel prices: the global decline in the price of oil, the increase in Egyptian production and the rise of the pound against the dollar.
This is a first step because over the past three years, the government has been phasing out fuel subsidies, which have almost tripled. This led to widespread price rises that were not well received by the population. Two years ago.
The decline announced this Friday comes after limited, but unprecedented since the re-election of President al-Sissi in 2018, recalls our correspondent in Cairo, Alexandre Buccianti . They broke out after accusations of corruption against the president and the army by an Egyptian entrepreneur, , residing in Spain. His calls for a popular uprising had been largely social networks and picked up by chains close to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Another gift was also made by the government to the poorest, expanding subsidies for basic necessities to 2 million additional people. 32% of Egyptians live below the poverty line according to official statistics.
Government-led internet shutdowns cost the global economy $8 billion in 2019, research says .
Deliberate internet shutdowns cost the global economy more than $8 billion last year, according to a new report. © Provided by CNBCResearch published Tuesday by internet research firm Top10VPN analyzed the economic impact of internet shutdowns around the world throughout 2019. The cost of internet blackouts were calculated on Netblocks' and the Internet Society's cost of shutdown tool, which uses indicators from the World Bank, International Telecommunication Union, Eurostat and U.S. Census Bureau.