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Iran imposes internet blackout in attempt to quell protests  

State media raised the death toll to 26, as protesters engaged in street battles with armed riot police.  
A picture obtained by AFP outside Iran on September 21, 2022, shows Iranian demonstrators taking to the streets of the capital Tehran during a protest for Mahsa Amini, days after she died in police custody.

Iran was in a state of near-total nationwide shutdown of online connectivity as protests over the death of a woman arrested by hijab police grew larger and increasingly violent.  

The internet access observatory website Netblocks and Iranian activists started reporting the issue late Wednesday, when much of the country, including the capital Tehran, was witnessing intense clashes between protesters and government forces. 

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