Khamenei’s Differing Views on the Socio-Economic Crisis
The Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, reappeared on Friday, Iran’s national Arbor day, after weeks of absence. While in the highest position of power in the country, Khamenei merely complained about the country’s social and economic issues without offering any solutions. He even said contradictory statements about the current coronavirus policy.
When Covid-19 arrived in Iran
The regime’s roots were shaken by large-scale protests in Iran in November 2019. Given his regime’s failure to address people’s needs, Khamenei knew there would be more uprisings. As a result, when Covid-19 arrived in Iran, he welcomed it with open arms. The regime implemented a cruel coronavirus policy.
According to reports released by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), the virus entered Iran in early January, however, the regime concealed its existence until late February when it was announced. Khamenei was the first to dismiss the deadly virus as a “test” and a “blessing and it has attempted to downplay the crisis since then.
On 3 March, the regime’s leader declared, “In my opinion, this is not that big of a misfortune. We’ve had bigger calamities. This is a temporary issue. It’s not extraordinary. These kinds of events happen in the country. Of course, I don’t want to minimize it. But let’s not make a big deal out of it. It’s something that has happened, and we hope that it won’t last long.”
Khamenei ban imports of vaccines
After this, on 8 January, Khamenei issued an explicit prohibition on certified vaccinations coming into the country. He even said that he had already instructed the authorities not to import these vaccines, confirming that they were falsely blaming sanctions to mislead the public.
The regime’s Statistics Center reported on Thursday that the inflation rate of manufactured products in the autumn of this year was more than 588% higher than in the autumn of last year, with an average inflation rate of more than 412%.
Khamenei and his Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) monitor Iran’s economy, according to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). The total value of Khamenei’s holdings exceeds $90 billion.
The regime had destroyed Iran’s forests
After planting two trees on Friday, Khamenei asserted in his remarks, “The destruction of the environment is a big waste that wastes the future of mankind, so the authorities and all the people must stand against it, or there will be catastrophic events.”
According to a report by the regime’s “Strategic Majlis Research Center,” published in September 2016, some 60% of Iran’s forests have been destroyed in the past three decades. In a detailed report on July 2019, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) revealed how the regime had destroyed Iran’s forests.
Khamenei and his regimes are targeting environmentalists as well as destroying Iran’s environment with their policies.
Environmental activists were imprisoned tortured and killed by IRGC
Five environmental activists were imprisoned by IRGC Intelligence in January 2018. Once in prison, the IRGC tortured and killed Dr. Kavoos Seyed-Emami, as well as other activists.
Khamenei made these contradictory remarks on Friday in an attempt to mislead the public. His comments, however, run contrary to his own and his regime’s actions.
Khamenei’s remarks also highlight the regime’s failure to address people’s struggles and its reluctance to respond to their demands. As a result, the government should brace for another uprising, as the state-run media warns.
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