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GitLab has Blocked Iran!

Banji
A Persian boy who is a BeatBoxer, Django Dev + Love to learn sth new every single day!
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Today When I tried to Sign in into my GitLab account I faced this page :

Look at this :(

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What's the reason?

Just give me a reason to accept this problem :(
There's a lot of Iranian developers and so many open-source projects ...

Thanks, GitLab and GitHub, and the open-source community to do all your best, effort, and hard work for the developers all around the world to make things easier EXCEPT IRAN(Make it hard for Iranian developers)!

🅑🅐🅝🅙🅘

Ben

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Daniel Waller (he/him) • Edited

Wow that is super fucked up!
No citizen should have to suffer because two stubborn governments can not work past their differences.

Regarding Gitlab however, it might not be them directly blocking access to Iranians, but their platform service provider.
In summer of 2018 gitlab moved off of Azure and onto Google Cloud Platform. With that came an article warning users in Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria that gitlab might not be accessible to them anymore.
This is because Google says they are bound by legal restrictions arising from Department of the Treasury sanctions against US entities doing business with entities in these countries.

So it might not be a direct business decision by Gitlab to block you and other Iranians from using their services...but apparently they have no problems hosting their service with a provider that might impose those restrictions. Which is fucked up!

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Daniel Waller (he/him) • Edited

All of this aside: Do you still have access to your code in some way?
Or do you at least have up-to-date local versions of all your repos on your machine?

If not, I would offer to clone your public projects from gitlab and mirror them to somewhere where you can download them.

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Banji Author

I can't update my projects anymore :(
I couldn't access to my project with Tor
Just tried with some VPN, it worked ...
I donno what should we do.
Github?Nope
GitLab?Nope
SO WHERE?
Damn to all of the governments who cause to happen a lot of problems for their citizens and their people ...

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Paweł Świątkowski

Perhaps something like sr.ht/

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Henry Quinn

Talked to a buddy at GitLab.

Appears to be an issue with someone upstream from them.

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Banji Author

Thank you so much Daniel for sharing your information with the community
I didn't know anything about that warning
But this problem happened suddenly, it really shocked most of the Iranian developers :(
Keep it up
Happy Coding :)

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Mohammad Fazel

Not fair at all.

But this is how most of the websites due to US sanctions blocked iranian people.

Look it's not the iranian people who have problem with them its their government who is the target but people are getting hurt instead of their government.

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Banji Author

Exactly, that's what I'm talking about ...

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Stokry

I don't know why Gitlab didn't warn Iranian users. Have you tried contacting user support? You should use a VPN!

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Banji Author

Blocking iranian developers with no prior warn!
Damn

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Stokry

That sucks, the only thing that comes to my mind right now, is VPN.

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Banji Author

But even with Tor I can't acess to my projects!

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Stokry

Have you tried some VPN? We can build some rotating proxy that will bypass blocking.

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Banji Author

Yeah I tried ProtonVPN yesterday It works :)

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MH Shamsaei

Doesn't work for me :(

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Banji Author

Oh, Proton doesn't work anymore on my Pop!_OS

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Matin Zadehdolatabad

I think this problem is not IP related and the account is blocked from scratch even if you use VPN .

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Banji Author

Yeah I think you're right :(
What the hell is going on in our damn country

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André

Stories like these are what make me run a Gitea instance on a server I control at home that mirrors all my repositories from Github - you can never be sure that you won't lose access to the account one day :/

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Banji Author

Yeah, you're right
After the warning of GitHub, we had to make sth like what you said(running a Gitea instance ), but we were too lazy to do it.
But it happened out of the blue, so I even hadn't enough time to take a backup from my projects :(
Sad Story
So beware about the future
Keep it up
Happy Coding :)

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Henry Quinn

Talked to a buddy at GitLab about this.

Appears to be something with an upstream provider.

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Banji Author

So what? is it Temporary or Permanently?
Do you have any further info?
Anyway, thank you for sharing your information with the community
Keep it up
Happy Coding :)

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Henry Quinn

I don’t have any further information. I recommend reaching out to the GitLab social media team via Twitter or something to figure out what’s going on.

And be nice, they’re already getting like vague death threats over this.

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Banji Author

Tnx Henry Quinn for sharing your information with the community
❤️🍭
Happy Coding :)

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Fulton Browne • Edited

I would take a look at a service like sr.ht and/or use a VPN and tor privacy.net/use-vpn-with-tor/ . That really sucks I wish my government could stop posing these useless sanctions and restrictions that give literally no benefit to anyone.

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Banji Author

Hey Fulton
Thank you for sharing your information with the community :)
sr.ht sounds like good, gonna give it a shot
and just let you know that GitLab didn't give me access when I tried to log-in with the Tor browser :O
And that website is really useful(Tor over VPN or VPN over Tor, but the problem would be the Speed!)
Tnx Fulton
Keep it up
Happy Coding :)

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Jim

According to Wikipedia, "The Internet in Iran is managed by the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Supreme Council of Cyberspace of Iran." Iran is also know to use state-sponsored cyber actors in an offensive capacity. So it's entirely possible Gitlab or their upstream provider are inadvertently blocking all of Iran as a response to suspeted malicious activity. I might be wrong, but I have the same info as everyone else. 🤷‍♂️

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Banji Author

It shouldn't happen suddenly :(
They have to give sometimes to developers to take a backup from their projects
Does it make sense?
That's what I'm talking about

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Mahmoud Abduljawad

I totally understand the requirement to abide by local policies by any business, and in this case it's Gitlab abiding to sanctions, if this is the case and not another. What I don't understand is why isn't there prior note and warning for at least two weeks!

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Banji Author

Hey Mahmoud :)
Yeah bro, that's what I was writing for the community
I didn't have enough time to take a backup from my projects
That was so incredible
Need to have our own server to host projects
Anyway tnx for leaving a comment bro
Keep it up
Happy Coding Mahmoud(My Muslim brother)

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manish srivastava

This is why you need to get your own server and put gitlab on it.

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Banji Author

Gonna do it
But it's a little bit late :(
I even didn't have enough time to take a backup from my fuc*ing projects :(
Damn Gosh
Keep it up
Happy Coding Manish :)

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manish srivastava

I will suggest you VPN to get backup

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Banji Author

I'm gonna do it, it's really hard even to download VPN
Cause All of the servers are blocked from Iran😂😂 But it's possible
ProtonVPN is not working anymore
Tor servers are blocked from Iran
Damn this condition

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manish srivastava

Then I will suggest tailos. Generally, I never suggest this os until it's really emergency to safeguard democracy. You can download it and use pendrive to reach your destination.

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Banji Author

Oh, I've never heard about it
Gonna check it out
Thank you so much Manish Srivastava for sharing your amazing information with the community
Good luck👨‍💻

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khakbazan • Edited

our government make iranian life hard
other government and countries make iranian life hard
some groups of iranian people make other people life hard

what is this world ? why people ? you really think iran government care about gitlab ? they can easily use everything no war , no money and nothing in this world can make their life hard just this poor people are suffering

iranian developers are trying to make a diffrent in this country and try to make money but this world try and try and try for hurt them

:)

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Banji Author

Tnx bro for leaving a comment under my post
I can feel ya
Cuz I'm living in the same country
Keep it up
We're riding till we die
Keep moving forward, stronger, harder than before
We'll achieve our goals even in the fu*king hard conditions, even with stupid leaders(As you know)!

Happy Coding :)

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Valts Liepiņš

It doesn't seem to be country-wide ban, since one can open gitlab with Iran based proxy: vitaming.ir/go.php?https://gitlab....

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shmuelhizmi

That sucks, maybe buy a VPN or just use a free one, that should solve any website location restrictions!

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Banji Author

Need to know why this happend withouy any notice and warning? It doesn't make any sense 😐to do sth like this out of the blue!!!

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shmuelhizmi

American pressure, maybe after the elections in the US thing will be better!

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Banji Author

Maybe
I hope things will get better by the time...

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leob

Awful, maybe they're too much afraid of the US government and feel "forced" into doing this. The whole witch hunt against Iran is terrible.

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Banji Author

Yeah, we have a lot of pressure
People are living in a pretty tough situation
We didn't expect sth like this :(
Blocking Suddenly, without any warning
tnx for leaving a comment Leob
Keep it up
Happy coding :)

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leob

Dev.to is not a place for politics but I only want to repeat that the whole witch hunt against Iran is unjustified, wrong and counter productive, and I'll leave it at that.

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Banji Author

Tnx Leob
Happy Coding:)

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Banji Author

That was the first time I heard about it, sounds like good
Gonna give it a shot

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Banji Author

Alright, I think that would be the only way for Iranian developers, hahaha
Anyway, tnx for sharing your information v 1 r t l

And what does you name mean?😂So curious about it ;)

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