MEK Iran: Raisi’s Hollow Promises
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that Iranian President, Ebrahim Raisi, visited the southern region of Bushehr on Friday, the latest in a series of tours around Iran, and “held discussions with different groups and segments of society,” according to state-run media. Raisi also met with the administrative council of the province and visited around the province to “examine and find solutions to the province’s problems.”
Raisi spoke with farmers in Bushehr
Raisi spoke with farmers in Bushehr and vowed to tackle their agricultural difficulties, according to official media coverage of his visit. Fars News, a news outlet operated by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), said that “the farmers were very happy to meet the president.” Raisi also promised to address the province’s housing, employment, and infrastructure issues.
Raisi’s recent PR farce included a lot of photos and promises to fix the people’s underlying problems, just like his previous trips. Raisi’s policy has been dubbed ‘promise therapy’ since he has made so many promises since entering office in August.
However, well beyond the dazzling media coverage and pre-arranged meetings with locals, the true reaction to Raisi’s visit to Bushehr was the angered people of the province’s protest marches, who are fed up with regime officials who merely make promises without following through.
A massive crowd marched toward the airport
A massive crowd marched toward the airport where Raisi’s plane was scheduled to land, chanting anti-Raisi slogans such as “justice is a lie,” a reference to Raisi’s vows to combat government corruption, which has been running rampant on the economy.
Additional protests were held in front of the provincial government office by another group of citizens. Residents of the Tongak village staged a protest in the provincial capital at the same time. Their action was in response to the regime’s security forces destroying their homes recently.
Raisi conducted a similar trip to the provinces of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad last week, aiming to buy influence with the locals. However, when his vehicle arrived in Boyer Ahmad’s Tang-e Sorkh district, the locals barred his way. Even the regime’s own media, IRNA news agency acknowledge on October 1 that, “the people were chanting angry slogans and occasionally using profane language to voice their demands… the people were very outraged.”
The outcry over Raisi’s visits
The outcry over Raisi’s visits to the provinces reflects two important truths in Iranian culture; it demonstrates that the Iranian people despise the regime and its officials.
Iran’s society is on the edge of exploding due to four decades of corruption and repression under the mullahs’ leadership. Even the regime’s deadly response to widespread upheavals, which included the gruesome murder of 1,500 demonstrators in November 2019, has failed to deter the people, who continue to take to the streets to protest.
Suppressing popular indignation has failed
It also demonstrates that the regime’s most recent strategy for suppressing popular indignation has failed. Ali Khamenei, the regime’s supreme leader, enabled Raisi’s ascension to the presidency because he wanted the administration to be run by people capable of suppressing any form of protest against the regime.
Raisi is well-known for his role in the 1988 massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners. Since Raisi took office, protests have only become stronger. Protesters follow him wherever he goes to ensure that he hears the people’s desire to overthrow his rule.
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