MEK Iran: Iranian Society on the Verge of Another Uprising as Protests Continue
For the fourth week in a row, pensioners and retirees protested across the country on Sunday. These demonstrations took place at the same time as the uprising in Sistan and Baluchistan, southeast Iran, and protests by people from all across Iran, voicing the country’s frustration.
Iran’s economy has been devastated
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the protests by people across Iran include: Tehran, Yazd, Kermanshah, Arak, Ahvaz, Khorram Abad, Shahrud, Karaj, Shushtar, Mashhad, and Zanjan were among the cities where the people demonstrated.
Iran’s economy has been devastated by the regime’s financial failure, corruption, and malign policies. As a result, people from all across Iran are suffering from extreme poverty and high inflation rates.
The currency exchange rate has fluctuated as a result of the regime’s misguided domestic and foreign policies. In the last few years, the Iranian rial has lost value. Despite this, the regime has not raised wages or pensions. As a result, a large number of retirees are living in dire conditions.
Population living under the poverty line
According to Gholamreza Kianmehr in the annual census of March 2020, one of the Mullah’s economists, there are 18 million retirees in Iran, who are part of the 96 percent of the country’s population living “under the absolutely poverty line.”
Hojatollah Abdolmaleki, former director of the so-called Imam Khomeini Relief Committee, declared on Saturday, “In recent years, the situation of the poor, especially in the food sector, has deteriorated, to the point that in 2018 the average cost of food per person was 150,000 tomans per month, but now it has reached 600,000 tomans.”
The state-run Resalat daily wrote on Saturday, “pensions do not answer their needs to purchase food, let alone expenses for housing, clothing, travel, medicine, and treatment or education. They lose 30 to 40 percent of their purchasing power yearly.”
“In just one month of February, rent in Tehran and all urban areas have increased by 33.9 percent compared to January,” according to the regime’s central bank, wired by the state-run ISNA news agency on Saturday.
While the great majority of Iranians remain poor, the regime’s associates are “enjoying all the blessings of life, living in their luxury towers and magnificent villas and palaces. A minority that owns hundreds of housing units in Tehran and other metropolitan areas of the country,” according to Kianmehr, who declared this on Saturday.
Daily protests in various cities
Despite the regime’s oppressive measures, daily protests in various cities, as well as retirees’ protests, are rapidly increasing and spreading to other cities.
During the uprising in Sistan and Baluchistan, the world witnessed society’s explosiveness and rage toward the Iranian regime. The revolt began on 22 February and lasted nearly a week. The rally began when a group of deprived fuel porters was killed by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).
Unlike previous rallies, this one did not begin with slogans chanting. They quickly stormed the regime’s oppressive facilities, capturing several IRGC bases and setting their vehicles up in flames.
The above facts are just merely some signs of society’s rage and frustration, reflecting that Iran is on the verge of an uprising. The state-run Jahan-e Sanat reported on 28 February, “Those who realized history doubtlessly embrace that (social turmoil).”