Civil Unrest in Iran

Internet access was shut down in Iran for more than eight days during a news media blackout. Access has been partially restored to homes and businesses, however, mobile phone access is rarely available at this time. Social media reports and videos indicate there was excessive use of force in a government crackdown on protesters. Thousands of protesters have been injured or detained.

Civil unrest has been occurring in Iran since 15 November 2019 with violent clashes between police and protesters. There have been reports of looting, vandalism, and arson in many cities, mainly in the southern areas of the country that are predominantly Shi’ite. As many as 7,000 people have been arrested, 143 killed, and many injured.

Advice For Travellers

A Revolutionary Guard acting commander was quoted as saying that the riots are not the last and are expected to occur in the future. Many countries advise citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Iran.