by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – Iranian state TV was hacked Saturday night as its main news program suddenly transitioned to a photo of Supreme Leader Khamenei with the words “The Blood of Our Youths Is on Your Hands” along with images of Mahsa Amini, who died in custody last month after being arrested by Tehran’s hijab police, and three teenage girls killed in the subsequent nationwide uprisings, Iran International reports.
Intended as a call to the Iranian people to join the anti-government protests triggered by the death of 22-year-old Amini, Saturday’s hack was achieved by the hacktivist group Edalat-e Ali (Ali’s Justice), Iran International said.
Ali’s Justice previously hacked the TV station earlier this year, showing a video of Iranians in a public square shouting “death to the dictator [Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei]” before cutting to a masked man saying, “Khamenei is scared, the regime’s foundation is rattling.”
Hacking groups have been helping Iranians to target state websites and online services as part of the current uprisings. “They have released numerous documents and have disrupted hundreds of surveillance cameras,” Iran International said.
As anti-government protests continue across Iran, one protestor told the Guardian UK that Amini’s death after being arrested for not wearing her hijab properly was a tipping point for a people who have long struggled under Tehran’s regime.
“We are frustrated and disillusioned because we have no freedom and no economy,” 27-year-old Marzia in Tehran told the Guardian. “The tyranny of the rulers has become unbearable, even breathing has become difficult in this country.”
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