MEK Iran: Further Public Unrest
On November 3, Iran’s state media issued yet another warning about a restive public, just days before the anniversary of the mass Iran protests that shook the regime’s foundations in November 2019. They also acknowledged the regime’s systematic corruption in an indirect manner.
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Many Iranians are struggling to make ends meet, and the regime is refusing to help them. As a result, they work till late at night. People are fined for traveling late at night under the rule.
“More than 540,000 people were fined 2,000,000 rials each for violating the night traffic restriction across the country.” In other words, an average of 270,000 persons commuted at night every week, amounting to more than one million 2,000,000 rial penalties every month and about 2.2 trillion tomans per month [the state] receives just through this approach,” reported the state-run Arman newspaper.
Iran 25% of the people living on the outskirts of cities
Meanwhile, the state-run Mardom Salarie newspaper said on Wednesday that “people living on the outskirts of cities, including slum-dwellers, constitute 25% of the country’s total population.”
Furthermore, many Iranians living in rural are finding it difficult to make ends meet as a result of soaring inflation and skyrocketing costs. Farshad Momeni, an Iranian economist, was quoted by Mardom Salarie as noting that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in villages is five times higher than the CPI in cities.
“In the last ten years, the rural CPI index has outpaced the urban CPI index by more than five times.” If this happened anyplace in the globe, people would be concerned since the index “shakes the foundation of national security and makes development impossible,” Mardom Salaries wrote.
The population below the poverty line has doubled
According to Momeni, “the results of research, particularly the Higher Research Institute study, show that the population below the poverty line has doubled in the three years from 2017 to 2020.” This is unparalleled in the last century, and it must be examined from a variety of perspectives.”
Momeni said, referring to the regime’s oppressive methods in response to the social problem, “Some officials look at social and economic issues from a security perspective, which causes [the people’s] reactions to remain under the skin of society.”
“Officials must recognise that poverty is the root cause of unemployment, depression, and the inability to marry and own a home.” This is the topic that this country is grappling with: why, despite the abundance of natural resources such as oil, gas, and so on, do they face economic hardship and are denied of a normal life? “Where are these issues coming from?” Amran-e Meli wrote.
“It is a fact that people are suffering from mismanagement
“People wonder if the ruling section is to blame for these problems,” Arman-e Meli cautioned. Iranians have made it plain that the government is the source of all of their economic and social issues. “It is a fact that people are suffering from inefficiency and mismanagement and the accumulation of crises,” Saeed Hajarian, one of the regime’s top former intelligence officials, told the state-run Ensaf News. As a result, we must not lose sight of the people. The road ahead is difficult.
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