MEK Iran: The People Deal with Consequences of Iranian Regime’s Corrupt Policies and Economic Mismanagement
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the people of Iran are becoming poorer and poorer as the effects of the regime’s widespread corruption and economic mismanagement take hold. The absolute poverty category is expanding and people are having to make an increasing number of sacrifices.
Widespread corruption and mismanagement
State-run media outlets across the country have been warning the regime that it is going to be paying the price for the years of mismanagement that have destroyed the lives of the people. They say that there is going to be a major nationwide uprising soon and that there is nothing the regime can do to stop it.
The regime has tried to pin the economic problems on international sanctions and economic warfare by Iran’s “enemies”, however, the people know that is absolutely not the case. Even state-run media is blaming the regime for all of the crises. The Arman publication wrote earlier this week said that foreign sanctions have nothing to do with the economic problems that the people are paying for the “government’s inaction”.
Regarding how some of the economic issues can be resolved, the publication wrote that the government needs to take accountability for the government’s economic performance and should reduce spending, among other actions.
To stop the regime from becoming bankrupt, an economic “revision plan” was implemented in 2019. This involved decreasing insurance and wages, uncontrolled levels of imports, the printing of banknotes, and the raising of taxes.
A government with guns
A large part of the country’s economy is controlled by the notorious Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). This was made possible under the guise of privatization, but as the state-run Sharq publication highlighted in 2017 – the non-armed government gave part of the economy to “a government with guns” – the IRGC. It pointed out that this has resulted in a situation where “no one dares to compete with them”.
Iran’s public assets have been liquidated by the Privatization Organization of Iran that then sells them on to private owners. This is a plot for the regime to further plunder from the people. The private owners almost always have links to the IRGC or are at least affiliated one way or another to the regime.
Industries have been ruined
Because of this process, many industries across the country have been ruined. One of the biggest sugar factories in the region, Haft Tapeh sugar mill, was destroyed this way, as was HEPCO – a major industrial machinery manufacturer.
The regime has well and truly destroyed the country’s economy. An official said earlier this month on state television that people should stop eating meat and fruit and that they should lower their expectations. He went on to say that other food groups are likely to become too expensive for people to afford.
The people are not going to forgive the regime for the damage it has caused and for the hardships, it has inflicted on them. People want regime change and they are determined to see the mullahs collapse. This is evident through the ongoing protests across the country.