MEK Iran: Significant Unrest Leads to Concerns About Imminent Uprising
Society in Iran has been simmering with discontent for many years, but the situation has got worse over the past few years. There have been a number of major uprisings in the past five years and had it not been for the Coronavirus pandemic, there would surely have been one in the past six months.
Large rallies across Iran
The main opposition to the Iranian regime, The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has reported that there have been large rallies in a number of Iran’s biggest cities after a call to protest.
Many of those that participated in activity throughout this past week were social security pensioners and retirees. Many of them are living insufferable lives because of illness, poverty, and tough living conditions.
According to reports tallied by (PMOI / MEK Iran) supporters inside Iran, the demonstrators emphasized that their meager pensions are insufficient and they vowed to continue pressuring the authorities until they are heard and have their rights respected.
Cracking down on any gatherings
The Iranian regime is very worried about protesters and gatherings being held because of the potential of them growing too large for the security forces to handle. For this reason, it has been cracking down on any gatherings in recent times, including on the pensioners that gathered earlier this week.
Protesting retirees held rallies in a number of towns and cities, including in Ahvaz, Arak, Ardabil, Ilam, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Khorramabad, Karaj, Mashhad, Neyshabour, Qazvin, Rasht, Sari, Tabriz, capital city Tehran, and several more.
President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Mrs. Maryam Rajavi hailed the brave retirees paid tribute to them for courageously taking to the streets to make their voices heard despite the threat posed by the regime’s security forces.
(#NCRI) and (#PMOI/#MEK #Iran): Farmers of Varzaneh Protest for Their Right to Water—Iranians continue protests on January 27, 2020.https://t.co/IZIpmWJgBb #WeStand4FreeIran pic.twitter.com/Yp9W4Wqzno
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) January 30, 2021
Farmers protest in Isfahan
Other sectors of society have also been protesting across the country. In Isfahan, farmers and their families gathered earlier this week to march towards the governorate’s office. They called on authorities to grant them their rights with regard to irrigation water. They shamed the authorities because of their conduct.
Nurses also gathered to protests against the tough working conditions they face and the lack of adequate wages. A directive was issued a while ago to increase the salaries of medical workers, but many nurses are getting fed up waiting. The regime’s refusal to help the front-line workers is shameful, especially as they have risked so much to help the people through the health crisis.
State-run media outlets are warning that the people’s anger is mounting and that if the regime does not take drastic action to quell discontent, the consequences are going to be very serious.
Not only has the Iranian regime destroyed the country’s economy, but it has also made the people’s lives very difficult because of its oppression and violent suppression. Many freedoms have been denied to the people and it is very difficult to see an end in sight, especially as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to claim many lives every day in Iran.
The only certainty at this time is the people’s desire to see the regime collapse.
— Women's Committee NCRI (@womenncri) January 28, 2021
Tags: Iran human rights, Iran Opposition, Iran Protests, Iran Uprising, Maryam Rajavi, MEK, Mujahedin-e Khalq, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), People's Mojahedin organization of Iran, PMOI