MEK: Pensioners Protests Across Iran May Lead to an Uprising
The latest round of protests in Iran has been organized by deprived retirees and pensioners. according to reports from the Iranian opposition People’s The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), they have taken place throughout 18 cities across Iran.
Protests have taken place across Iran
Protests have taken place throughout 18 cities across Iran including Tehran, Karaj, Nishapur, Shiraz, Ahvaz, Ilam, Khorramabad, Yazd, Isfahan, and Arak.
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) February 16, 2021
The slogans that could be heard were as follows:
- “Oppression is enough, our table is empty,”
- “Answer the [reason of] high inflation, [regime’s President Hassan] Rouhani,”
- “We will not relent until we get our rights,”
- “Only on the street, we will get our rights”
- “The poverty line is 12 million tomans, our salary is 3 million tomans.”
The pensioners’ protest that took place in front of the parliament in Tehran was joined by those who have lost their life savings during Iran’s stock market crisis. Teachers were also a part of this protest.
The 4th protests by retirees throughout Iran
This is in fact the 4th time retirees have assembled throughout Iran to demand their rights. The rial has lost more than 80 percent of its value in the past few years but pensions have not altered at all. As a result, many pensioners are surviving below the poverty line. These protests that are taking place more and more often show that people are seeking a future based on freedom and democracy in Iran and more equitable distribution of wealth.
Despite the fact that the regime tried to oppress the participants in the November uprising with the slaughter of 1,500 this hasn’t stopped the protests as the regime hoped it might. People in recent protests have frequently chanted “death to the dictator,” “down with Supreme Leader,” as they are seeking a change in the regime.
Covid-19 and the regime
The presence of COVID-19 in Iran has been used by the regime to oppress the people. It has done little to help alleviate the effects of the virus and in fact, the regime has used the huge casualty rate as a means of scaring the people so they don’t have to protest on their minds.
However, this may have been the regime’s intention but what has actually happened is the people have built up even more hatred towards the regime which now has an uncertain future ahead of them.
The increase in inflation and the poverty rate, due to the regime’s policies have meant Iranians are now more restive and the warning bells are ringing that more protests are set to take place.
February 16 – Protests in several cities across #Iran
-Water & Sewage Dept. workers in Khorramshahr demanding delayed paychecks
-Zagros railway workers demanding delayed paychecks
-Azvico investors protesting in Tehran demanding their stolen savings returned#IranProtests pic.twitter.com/aUCzuLP4tK
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) February 16, 2021
The state-run media recently admitted that the people do not believe the regime’s propaganda in depicting international sanctions as Iran’s only problem.
The Mardom Salarie daily issued a warning that “if the economic conditions do not change and continue to increase, we will see disorders in society, in not a pleasant way. This problem will transmit from to its core and damages the society’s core, and gradually this disorder and chaos will pervade all social classes.”
A further uprising is extremely likely because the Iranian people know, as the opposition leader Mrs. Maryam Rajavi said on Sunday that “so long as the clerical regime is in power, poverty, inflation, unemployment, and fraud will continue.”
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