Iranian Regime’s Refusal to Help its Own People Amid Pandemic
The Coronavirus outbreak in Iran still continues to claim the lives of hundreds of people every day. The outbreak was mismanaged since the very beginning and the Iranian regime has allowed the crisis to spiral out of control. It did not enforce adequate lockdown measures in a timely manner – lessening their impact. The health service remains overrun with patients needing care and the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) has caused outrage.
The Iranian regime has tried to cover up the extent of the crisis – both to the people of Iran and the international community. Despite medical workers and experts saying that international assistance is required, the regime has refused several offers, pretending that it is managing the situation well.
It is evident that the regime is more concerned about the economic impact of the crisis and since the 11th April the regime has been telling people to go back to their usual working activities. Experts warned that this would result in a surge of Coronavirus cases. Unfortunately, the experts were right and the people are paying the price.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) May 21, 2020
At the beginning of this week, the country said that there have been two thousand new cases of COVID-19. According to the regime’s statistics, more than 7,000 people have died after contracting the virus. However, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), the main opposition to the Iranian regime, has been monitoring the situation closely and it has concluded that more than 40,000 people have actually died. More precisely, 43,300 people according to the latest figures.
The situation did not need to get to this stage. Despite spikes in cases, the regime’s ignored the scientific and medical experts and took action that would turn out to be a death sentence for many more Iranians.
Regime officials were even unable to support the Iranian president’s claims that the situation was under control. A number of officials from the Ministry of Health tried to be honest about the situation but President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei continued to send people back to work and reopen religious sites.
The Security Council should intervene to save the lives of prisoners and ensure their release, especially the political prisoners. The lives of prisoners are threatened by both the #Coronavirus and the mullahs #FreePoliticalPrisoners #Iran #Covid_19 pic.twitter.com/DO7DSufNwy
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) May 19, 2020
Before the health crisis, the Supreme Leader had made it clear that from March, the new Iranian year would be centered around domestic production in a bid to show the United States that their sanctions were pointless. However, the pandemic emerged but the Supreme Leader still has his sights set on the same goal. His priorities have not changed.
Some Western policymakers are trying to urge the US to suspend the sanctions, however the US administration, so far, has not played into Khamenei’s hands. It is still maintaining that the sanctions target the regime’s financing of terrorism and other belligerent activities. One can only hope that the US does not bow to the pressure because it is exactly what the belligerent regime wants.
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) May 14, 2020
The regime’s intentions are clear. It does not care about the millions upon millions of citizens that have been affected by the current health crisis. Appeasement would be the wrong move.
“The expulsion of Médecines sans Frontières is yet another indication that the main problem in Iran is the existence of a corrupt dictatorship that only thinks of preserving its rule. Human lives are not of any value to them. The regime seeks only the aids which could be placed at the disposal of the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the regime’s leaders without any supervision.”
But why would the mullahs do this? Through Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s mouthpiece – Hossein Shariatmadari, editor-in-chief of the Kayhan daily – we can determine that the regime doesn’t trust MSF because France, where the MSF is based, is one of the headquarters for Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK Iran). Shariatmadari then questioned and threatened French officials for allowing the MEK to remain in France.