Iranian Regime Continues Raising Prices Despite Tough Economic Conditions for People
The Iranian regime has mismanaged the country’s economy for decades. Its widespread corruption found at all levels of leadership and its severe incompetence has created so many economic hardships for the people.
With the Coronavirus health crisis, people are feeling the impact more than ever. There is no denying that billions of people across the world are under strain because of the Coronavirus outbreak, but the main difference is that the Iranian regime is doing nothing to help ease the pressure on the people of Iran. The COVID-19 has taken the lives of over 173,900 people throughout Iran, according to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
#Iran Coronavirus Update
More than 173,900 people have died of the novel #coronavirus in 465 cities checkered across all of Iran's 31 provinces, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) December 1, 2020
(PMOI / MEK Iran) supporters from different parts of Iran are showing how lives and lifestyles are changing and purchasing habits are having to evolve with the economic difficulties many faces. For example, a few days ago a state media outlet reported that because of the increasing cost of poultry, Iranians are now turning to chicken gizzards and wings rather than prime cuts. This was confirmed by the head of the Poultry and Fish Traders Association who said that the purchase of these parts has tripled in the past three weeks.
Another (PMOI / MEK Iran) supporters reported that the price of chicken has risen to 355,000 rials per kilogram and that shop windows are full because very few are able to afford it. The Fars News Agency also reported that people are wondering when the price increases are ever going to end.
Poultry farmers from all over Iran gathered today outside the Ministry of Industry, Mine & Trade in Tehran to protest the government's policies & mismanagement which have brought the poultry industry to its knees. Their signs say they're going bankrupt. #IranProtests pic.twitter.com/xbgUDrevxZ
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) September 28, 2020
President Hassan Rouhani has tried to portray himself as being in control of the prices that are skyrocketing, and in control of the economy as a whole, but other officials are contradicting his claims. Even Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has admitted that the people of Iran are facing severe economic problems. He blames the Coronavirus health crisis for destroying the country’s economy.
Blame is being passed around but no solutions are being brought to the table. This is typical of the Iranian regime, where officials like to point fingers but not actually take any steps to resolve major issues.
Back in November last year, a major nationwide uprising was sparked off because of an immediate hike in fuel prices. It was one of the most significant uprisings that really rocked the regime to its core, and one that could easily have ended in the toppling of the regime had it not responded with such violence and brutality. So one must question why the regime continues to impose massive price rises on the people.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei backed the gasoline price rises that have caused nationwide protests, denouncing protesters as ‘hooligans’ and blaming unrest on opponents and foreign foes https://t.co/6tF7TDKC1T pic.twitter.com/rOHjzyShOn
— Reuters (@Reuters) November 18, 2019
It is simply because it has no choice. The regime needs to cover its huge budget deficit. But scared about the public reaction to huge price increases, the regime has been trying to do it covertly – like it has been doing for many years. For example, it reduced the government flour quota for bakeries, meaning that it has to be bought from the open market at a much higher price.
The people of Iran know that the regime’s economic mismanagement and its corruption is to blame for economic issues. This just one of the many reasons that the people desperately want rid of the mullahs.
Inside Iran, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) networks called MEK Resistance Units organized protests that have been well coordinated. There have been five nationwide uprisings between December 2017 and January 2020, demonstrating the readiness of Iranian society to seek an alternative to the medieval regime that has been holding Iranians back for the last 40 years.
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