MEK Iran: New Wave of Protests Sweeps Across Country
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that in the past few days, a new wave of protests has been sweeping across the country and there are major concerns that this could turn into another major nationwide uprising. State-run media outlets have been warning that the protests are significant enough for regime officials to worry.
Electricity workers gathered outside the parliament building
On Tuesday, electricity workers gathered outside the parliament building, calling for officials to address and acknowledge the demands they have made. The workers want their wages paid in full and want to hire procedures to be fixed.
There is a discrepancy between the rights awarded to contract workers and official workers, and it is the contract companies that are profiting from the workers. A worker indicated that contract workers are paid three times less than official workers.
Livestock farmers gathered outside the Ministry of Agriculture
Livestock farmers gathered outside the Ministry of Agriculture building in Gonabad to protest against their situation. They have been let down by the authorities and have a number of battles to contend with, including the huge costs for animal feed and the very low prices they get for the milk. Many of the livestock farmers have had no choice but to sell their dairy cattle as livestock.
On the same day, municipality workers in Behbehan gathered outside the local city council building. They were protesting their unpaid wages.
Railway workers continued their strike in Varamin and Karaj
The previous day, railway workers continued their strike in Varamin and Karaj. The workers were on strike last week and have made calls for their overdue wages and bonuses to be paid. In Karaj, the workers are concerned about not being paid once the project they are working on has been completed so are calling for better job security and a resolution with regards to their contracts.
Engulfed in a cloud of crises
State-run media outlets are saying that the regime is going to be unable to quell dissent in society. The Mostaghel publication wrote that the country is “engulfed in a cloud of crises” and that the regime is going to be unable to control “urban riots”. It emphasized that it is a large part of the population is deeply unhappy with the leadership, not just a small section of it.
And it should be concerning to the regime that more than three-quarters of the people in the country are living in poverty. While the people get poorer and poorer, regime officials continue to live lives of luxury. This is unfair and it enrages the people, quite understandably, especially when they can see the nation’s wealth being plundered on terrorist activities, malign terrorist proxies, and the regime’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs.
The presidential elections
In June, the presidential elections will be taking place in Iran but it is likely that the vast majority of people are going to boycott them. The people know that the “moderate-hardliner” divide is nothing but a myth. Every candidate will be acting on the orders of the Supreme Leader and none will be working towards the interests of the people.
The people know that they are stronger and better off without the regime and they are doing what they can to see it collapse.