MEK: Iran’s Multi-Layered Crises
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the regime’s new president Ebrahim Raisi, mentioned economic reform, as did other government officials. Raisi’s statements are debunked by facts and statistics presented by the state media.
Iran’s economic crisis
Iran’s economic crisis has worsened as a result of the regime’s institutionalized corruption and waste of national wealth on terrorism. Furthermore, due to a lack of government assistance for industry, the current economic issues have exacerbated during the Covid-19 outbreak.
The population cannot afford to buy meat
“According to published reports on people’s living conditions, more than 60 to 70 percent of the population cannot afford to buy meat or poultry. Most people go to buy only bones and wastes, according to the owners of various butcher shops,” wrote the state-run Eghtesad-e Pouya daily on June 27.
“According to Iran’s Chamber of Trade Unions, the Covid-19 crisis has directly impacted 1.4 million trade unions. Farmers’ incomes have dropped by approximately 8% on average in the agricultural sector, while agricultural exports have dropped by at least 10%,” Eghtesad-e Pouya adds.
The inflation rate has been continuously increasing
Meanwhile, the state-run Jahan-e Sanat daily reported on Sunday that “the inflation rate has been continuously increasing from the second half of last year until the end of this spring.” As a result, people’s purchasing power has been declining. According to the Statistics Center, the most recent inflation rate was 43 percent in June. Consequently, despite the average 34 percent increase in salaries, employees’ purchasing power is substantially lower than the inflation rate.”
On Sunday, the state-run Etemad daily acknowledged, “speaking of monthly inflation increase makes no sense. The rising inflation rate per week or even daily is more noticeable. Inflation, which is breaking its 27-year record, signals unfortunate events.”
Iranians are experiencing economic hardships
Iranians are experiencing economic hardships despite the fact that their country is abundant in natural resources.
In this regard, Eghtesad-e Pouya remarked on Sunday, “This difficult and unfortunate situation is very painful for the people who live in a country that is rich in various types of oil and gas resources, various metal mines, and other God-given gifts.”
Protests by individuals from all walks of life
As a result, in recent months, protests by individuals from all walks of life have intensified. The recent state-wide strike by Iran’s oil and petrochemical workers, combined with regular protests by various parts of society, demonstrates the country’s explosiveness.
“The living problems and the lack of minimal economic and social security cause people to participate in rallies to pursue their demands. We have always seen in the history of this land and other nations that the crisis of poverty and hunger does not tolerate [systems].
Poverty and hunger
Therefore, the officials and decision-makers of the system are expected to give real solutions besides telling people to eat one meal a day; so that the people can survive under the pressure of poverty and hunger and have more resilience,” on Sunday, Eghtesad-e Pouya issued a warning to regime authorities.
These demonstrations follow a widespread and unprecedented boycott of the dictatorship’s sham election, demonstrating that people do not believe the regime can address their problems and is, in fact, the root of all crises.