According to Ahwazna sources, in the past few days, Ahwazi Arab residents of Ahwaz city have been out of access to internet which has disrupted their daily life activities.
Despite repeated complaints of the residents to regime’s telecommunication officials over the regular disconnection of internet network, no clear answer has been given to the people who were gathered in front of the telecommunication department.
It is said that the extensive disconnection occurred after the local Arab civil activists via social media have called on the Ahwazi Arab residents to gather by the bank of Karoon River to show their strong disagreement over diversion of main flow of the Karoon’s water to arid regains of Iran. Therefore, the server internet disruptions was deliberately conducted as a step to keep lid on the news of the protests of Ahwazi Arab residents in order to not able to pass photos and videos of the widespread human chain of the Arab people who was held by the bank of Karoon River on 4 of August to outside human rights activists.
In many occasions in the past, the Iranian regime has disconnected the internet or reduced its speed in order to confront the spread of social uprisings and popular demonstrations which have been advanced against the regime’s policies by the Ahwazi Arab people.
Iran has the last ranking in the internet speed of the region and the price of internet in Iran is twice the price in Afghanistan and more than 3500 times higher than Japan. A Ministry of Information and Communications Technology official recently stated: The minimum speed of access to the internet in the world is 2MB per second and the maximum speed is considered 20MB per second. “But the bandwidth of the internet in Iran is just one kilobyte per second,” he added