MEK: Iran’s Ongoing Power Blackouts
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that in recent days, Iranians have experienced blackouts. Extensive, long, unexpected power outages have impacted people’s lives, factories, medical care, and enterprises, and have even shut down more than 2,000 telecommunication towers since the beginning of this week.
“These days, power outages have plagued patients diagnosed with Covid-19 with acute pulmonary problems, according to Dr. Hamid Emadi, Head of Infectious Diseases Department at Khomeini Hospital. This is because using an oxygen machine is one of the most fundamental treatments for these patients,” the state-run Jahan-e Sanat daily reported on Monday.
“Power outages have become a new challenge for people today, endangering their lives. Power failures that occur without prior notice to hospitals endanger the lives of patients, according to the state-run Hamdeli daily.
The reason for the widespread blackouts in many cities is still an enigma. On Monday, some state-run media acknowledged that it is about Chinese bitcoin mining in Iran. Bitcoin mining, according to the Deputy Minister of Energy, takes place even in schools and mosques, which are all under the jurisdiction of the Basij and the IRGC. These systems, according to official estimates, consume as much electricity as a city, and Iran ranks third in bitcoin mining after the United States and China.
In January 2021, Majid Fassihi Harandi, Governor of Rafsanjan, informed the officials of the IRNA News Agency that the Chinese bitcoin farm in Rafsanjan is the largest digital currency manufacturing operation in Iran, with 54,000 miners installed.
54,000 miners in Rafsanjan alone utilize nearly 2,000 megawatts of electricity each day, which is equivalent to the capacity of a national power plant.
The public’s dissatisfaction
“Several statements about the cause of the power outage have increased. The authorities, on the other hand, deny it. “However, some believe that one of the reasons is that some groups are attempting to extract bitcoins during the sanctions period,” the Arman newspaper reported on Monday.
“Bitcoin extraction by foreigners is a form of electricity export because miners’ electricity is calculated based on the export rate, so bitcoin production in Iran is the same as electricity exports,” the Chairman of the Iran-China Chamber of Commerce told the Arman newspaper on Monday.
The dictatorship exports Iran’s electricity
Furthermore, the dictatorship exports Iran’s electricity to nearby nations, while the Iranian people take the burden of nationwide blackouts.
“Another point that has caused negative reactions from the people in such a situation is the issue of Iran’s electricity exports to Iraq and Afghanistan,” as per the state-run Arman newspaper.
“Iran is said to supply 40% of Iraq’s electricity; in a situation where the payment of this electricity is fraught with ambiguity.
Minister of Energy Reza Ardakanian, on the other hand, announced in the middle of summer 2020 that Iran’s electricity exports to Afghanistan would also increase,” Arman continued.
The power failure in Iran is having an impact on the lives of Iranians. The fundamentalists’ regime, on the other hand, merely wants to pillage Iran’s resources to pay for its illegal activities. Corruption and criminal behavior by the regime have transformed society into a timebomb.