Iran’s regime fake government report
The Iranian regime’s administration of Hassan Rouhani published a report last week, which claimed that the earnings of Iranian families have increased above inflation, putting ordinary Iranians in a better economic position.
The report of earnings and costs of urban and rural families in 2017-2018 and its statistics are so glaringly false that even the state-run media has had difficulty presenting it as is.
The Siasat-e Rooz newspaper, which is close to the Rouhani faction, wrote that the survey had “strange results” and claimed that the average family in an urban area has a yearly income of 43.4 million tomans, while they have costs of 39.3 million tomans, which would mean that families could save an average of 4.2 million tomans per year. (This works out monthly as an income of 3.6 million tomans and costs of 3.3 million tomans.)
The article wrote:
“These statistics are published while the Center for Statistics has repeatedly published reports about skyrocketing inflation in Iran’s economy, announcing it at 42.2 percent in for last month. This means that living costs have increased by 42.2 percent over the past year!… These claims are made while based on facts on the ground and the living basket of ordinary people shrinking with each passing day, especially because of unchecked rising costs for products like meat, poultry, dairy, and rice.”
Meanwhile, the Arman newspaper, which is also close to Rouhani’s faction, wrote:
“The poverty line threshold is three times above a worker’s minimum wage!”
“To outsiders, it may appear surprising or even dumb that the ruling mullahs in Iran don’t even wait until a little bit of time passes over their previous statements before making such ridiculous claims about their “prosperous” economy. After all, won’t that have a negative impact on their reputation and image among their base and ordinary Iranians? Fact is that for many years now the vast majority of Iranians don’t listen and believe in any remarks of Iranian authorities.”
Yes, the Iranian people know that these reports (and all previous ones) are fake. The Regime knows the people know that. After all, Iranian officials saw in the popular uprisings of 2017 and 2018 that their scheme of pretending to divide the regime into two opposing camps of conservatives and moderates has failed. The Iranian people were out in the streets chanting, “Reformists, principlists, Game Over!”, because they know there is no difference between the two.