MEK: Ongoing Retirees Protest Reflects the Severity of Iran’s Socio-economic Crisis
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that a dozen cities across Iran witnessed protests by retirees and pensioners of Iran’s Social Security organization.
The eighth consecutive week nationwide rallies
This is the eighth consecutive week that retirees hold nationwide rallies, demanding their long-delayed pensions adjusted with the rising inflation rate and the skyrocketing prices.
The public hatred towards the regime is acknowledged in these demonstrations and it shows that the regime “faces super crises and is threatened,” wrote the state-run Mostaghel on Sunday. It really should be noted that the group has “a population of 70 million dissatisfied individuals.” However, the regime ignores their calls.
The Iranian regime refused to raise pensions salaries
Aligning with the inflation crisis, the Iranian regime refused to raise their pensions. While the regime claims that it does not have sufficient economic resources, on Monday the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) unveiled another missile town and bragged its military power.
On 7 February 2019, according to the Regime website of Parliament, “Iran is the fifth richest country globally in terms of natural resources such as oil, gas, coal, wood, gold, silver, copper, uranium, crude iron, and phosphate. With one percent of the world’s population and soil equivalent to one percent of the earth’s surface, more It has 7% of the world’s mineral resources.”
The regime builds missiles and promotes terrorism
And yet people struggle against poverty as the regime builds missiles and promotes terrorism.
People are standing in long queues to buy basic products because the government-affiliated mafia exports every day these needs, “the daily need of chicken in Tehran is one thousand tons, but only 200 tons are distributed,” asserted the state-run Arman-e Eghtesadi news agency on Sunday.
The state-run Keyhan daily on 4 March wrote, “the regime’s Supreme Labor Council so-called increased workers’ salaries. The minimum wage has reached 2.6 million tomans. This low increase of income does not affect due to the `50%’ inflation rate covering Iran’s economy, and the poverty line has reached 10 million tomans.”
Skyrocketing inflation rate in the new Persian year
Increasing the minimum wage and trying to make the figures look right, is another deceptive measure by the ruling dictatorship. According to the regime’s down-played statistics mentioned, and by equivalating the minimum wage with rising Inflation, the minimum wage has actually fallen by more than 11 percent.
The pension of retirees has decreased by more than 24 percent. These numbers are without a doubt the new skyrocketing inflation rate in the new Persian year.
Another nationwide uprising on the way
“Inflation is one of the biggest and most fundamental problems that has plagued Iran’s economy for the past 40 years. The most important structural factor of Inflation in the Iranian economy is the government budget deficit. Without the Coronavirus crisis, this year’s government budget deficit was predicted to be 130,000 billion tomans.
Banknote printing is offset, which increases the monetary base and liquidity and ultimately has an inflationary effect,” stated the state-run Arman daily in a piece published on Saturday.
This is why retirees chant the “enough with oppression” during their marches. These ongoing protests are escalating all across Iran and the regime will be confronted with another nationwide uprising like the one we saw in November 2019.
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