MEK Iran: Escalating Social Unrest
While Iranians from all walks of life continue to demonstrate in cities around the country, state-run media are warning of the likelihood of another nationwide uprising.
The dire living conditions of the Iranian people
The state-run Mostaghel daily published an article on Sunday about the dire living conditions of the Iranian people, particularly teachers, who have been demonstrating for their most basic demands. If the situation does not change, Mostaghel warned, protests would continue.
“These days, teachers’ names are being linked to livelihood issues, and we’re seeing a wave of teacher protests across the country in response to livelihood and living conditions issues.” And the government won’t be able to resolve the situation with band-aid solutions and by putting a lid on the teachers’ primary demands,” Mostaghel added.
Teachers in Iran have been raising their frustrations with government officials since last year, but the authorities have refused to respond to their demands. As the start of the school year approached, teachers took to the streets again to renew their complaints and remind the government of its responsibilities.
Iran’s poverty level is 120 million rials (about $437 per month). However, many professors are paid a fraction of this amount.
The teachers’ demonstrations have been negligence
Iranian teachers also have to wait for their pay. Some part-time teachers are paid barely half of what they are paid on a regular basis. The government’s response to the teachers’ demonstrations has been negligence, followed by oppression.
In recent years, a number of instructors have committed suicide as a result of poverty and the inability to meet their fundamental necessities.
“All teachers are poor in a society where the poverty line is 120 million rials and the average income is 60 million rials [per month], and this is why they continue to protest,” Mostaghel noted.
Of course, the regime’s suppression of protesters will not fix the problem. Several times in the last month, security personnel have attacked teachers’ protest demonstrations, beating and arresting activists. However, the demonstrations are continuing, and in addition to their economic demands, teachers are now chanting slogans calling for the release of imprisoned teachers.
The security apparatus tries to put a stop
“The security apparatus tries to put a stop to the protests by applying pressure, but we will continue to see these protest rallies as long as livelihood issues are not resolved,” as per Mostaghel.
“We must prevent the apparition of phenomena such as the rebellion of the unemployed and the hungry,” Mostaghel wrote in another piece published on Monday.
Mostaghel warned in the article about the growing divide between the ruling elite and average Iranians.
“The shrinking of Iran’s economic capacity, as well as the resulting unemployment and inflation, and, by extension, the shrinking of the people’s tablecloths,” Mostaghel added. “Should a small group of people live in extreme luxury in circumstances where the country’s production is at its weakest, a large portion of the liquidity has been channeled into profiteering from currency and coin exchange, and many workers have lost their jobs?”
The November 2019 protests
“Even the November incidents did not cause a change to the governance or reforms in the country’s economic system,” Mostaghel adds, referring to the November 2019 protests, a nationwide movement that brought the regime to its knees.
Reuters confirmed in a special report on December 23, 2019, about the deadly crackdown on November nationwide protests in Iran the death toll of 1500 that was announced by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) on December 15, 2019.
The youth and the poorest sections of the population have a low tolerance threshold. These people have no incentive to remain silent once that threshold is crossed, and they will react.
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