MEK: Socio-Economic Problems Unresolved in Iran Spells Further Protests
It has been a year since mass protests erupted in Iran, resulting in 1,500 deaths, thousands of arrests but no significant change in the economic hiatus that led to the protests in the first place. Reuters confirmed in a special report on December 23, 2019, about the deadly crackdown on November nationwide protests in Iran the death toll of 1500 that was announced by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) on December 15, 2019. Even state-run media in Iran, like the Sharq daily, have pointed out that this failure to solve the socio-economic problems in the country is only likely to lead to new mass protests. It’s not a question of if, but when. The next big series of protests across Iran may just be large enough to remove the mullahs and the Supreme Leader from their tenuous grip on power.
Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook: “The @Reuters report on the massacre ordered by @khamenei_ir underscores the urgency for the international community to punish the perpetrators and isolate the regime for the murder of 1,500 Iranian citizens.” https://t.co/TpUncLjDcv
— Department of State (@StateDept) December 23, 2019
It is significant that the November 2019 protests grew out of a decision by the regime in power to triple the cost of fuel. The people were enraged and spilled out on to the streets to show their discontent. The protests soon took on a more overt political form with calls for the regime to be removed.
The regime just reacted by the most repressive means it could. It could have listened to what the people were saying and explained why they thought they had to raise fuel prices or at least come to some sort of compromise. But listen they didn’t. The answer was to gun down as many protesters as possible, taking into consideration neither the age nor gender of who they slaughtered. The result was that the protests were quelled but under the silence was a burning resentment. The embers of revolt are still simmering and may spark into an inferno given the right conditions. The regime is indeed living on borrowed time.
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) December 16, 2019
As Sharq said in its article: “The flames suddenly engulfed dozens of cities and the initial protests gradually [reached a height] that could have been extinguished in another way… The course of events from then until today must be addressed, and we should be concerned about what is happening in society. We cannot easily ignore the November 2019 protests, although it can be ignored. Unfortunately, the authorities, who must find the root causes of such incidents and eliminate them and seek treatment, have decided to do a cover-up. When the scope of the protests is widespread, and on such a large scale, the administration should look for a way to find the source of the protests.”
The situation in Iran has become even more of a tinder box. The failure of the regime to deal with the fall-out from imposed sanctions, the obvious corruption permeating through the government to the highest levels, the use of violent repression rather than considered persuasion, and the diabolic shambles of the pandemic response have all made Iran close to revolt.
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) have been closely monitoring the situation and are taking great risks to help the people and mobilize them to overthrow the mullahs’ regime.