The Internet shut­down is not about you. It’s not tar­get­ed at you. The Internet shut­down is real­ly about the pro­test­ers. Amid the cloud of tear gas in the streets, retreat­ing from a vol­ley of sting­ing rub­ber bul­lets, are the real tar­gets of the shut­down. Now that their mobile phones aren’t con­nect­ed, they can’t regroup, orga­nize, and reassess their rights. And they can’t doc­u­ment or report on how the secu­ri­ty forces are switch­ing from rub­ber bul­lets to live ammu­ni­tion. They can’t tell the world that they are about to be slaugh­tered. And they can’t ask for help.