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Elon Musk activates satellite internet as US eases sanctions to help Iranian protesters

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has announced he is activating his company’s Starlink satellite internet service in Iran after US authorities eased sanctions to allow protesting Iranians better internet access.

Amini was arrested because her headscarf was allegedly “too loose”, which her family denied. Authorities say she died of a heart attack, but her family said she had no heart problems and was badly beaten by “morale” police.

More than a dozen protesters have since been killed in the streets by police as scores of women burned their hijabs and cut their hair in public to protest Iran’s repressive policies and what happened to Amini.

The Treasury Department on Friday announced the change in US internet policy to allow US companies to provide additional online services in response to Iran’s internet crackdown, with Iranian officials intending to block communication between activists.

“We have taken action today to advance internet freedom and the free flow of information for the people of Iran,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced in a tweet.

Musk quickly tweeted, “Starlink activation.”

Musk had said on Monday that the company wanted to provide Starlink satellite broadband service – which is already provided to Ukraine for its fight against the Russian invasion – to Iranians, and planned to seek a sanctions exception so it could do so. .



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