MEK Iran: Official’s Growing Concern of Social Discontent
The streets of various Iranian cities became a scene of mass indignation against the leadership once again. Retired teachers protested the regime’s appalling tactics of ignoring their needs and unmet demands on Tuesday in 18 regions. Teachers gathered in front of the Majlis in Tehran and Welfare Organization offices in other cities, chanting anti-regime slogans like “The government betrays and the Majlis supports it,” as they struggled with growing economic issues and the regime’s lack of response.
The classified bills did not satisfy the teachers
The uproar in front of the Majlis filled regime officials with worry and concern, especially since protests in front of the regime’s parliament have been commonplace in recent months. Activist teachers staged a series of state-wide strikes in over 100 locations throughout December, opposing a bill that distorts their unmet needs and demands.
“In the Teachers Classification Bill, what was approved not only did not satisfy the teachers, but it also increased their dissatisfaction,” one MP stated, referring to the plight of Iranian teachers and the “Teachers Classification Bill.”
“Worry about the day when these protests open their maw and draw everyone and everything into one strike,” said another MP, referring to the waves of protests colliding and spinning out of control.
Inflation has become widespread
This sense of unease and fear is a reflection of the system as a whole, as well as two realities: To begin with, public discontent and protests have spread to all corners of society. People from all areas of life are becoming increasingly involved, and the situation is only getting worse. As evidenced in the previous year, disparate protest demonstrations are coming together to form province- and national-level protest movements. The regime’s ability to contain the people’s wrath is diminishing. On the one hand, the dictatorship has used repression, empty promises, divisive tactics, and other strategies to quell protests, none of which have worked.
The regime’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, on the other hand, has made promises to rebuild the economy and address the people’s problems. Raisi has frequently used the term “must” to suggest that problems will be solved, but none of them have materialized, according to the regime’s own media and experts. In recent months, people’s living situations have deteriorated; prices have skyrocketed, inflation has risen, and unemployment has become widespread.
The protests in Iran proved that the mullahs wrong
“The government’s economic team is like a general that is giving orders but has no soldiers to obey,” one MP mocked in this respect.” In regard to rallies that had just demands, our colleagues are to convince them,” stated Raisi’s interior minister, Ahmad Vahidi, a former leader of the terrorist Quds Force. This only serves to demonstrate that the government is incapable of meeting the demands of the people and is instead attempting to “convince” them to accept the situation as it is. Furthermore, based on the regime’s history, violence is the regime’s primary means of persuasion.
Ali Khamenei, the regime’s supreme leader, appointed Raisi as president six months ago. He had opened the path for his followers to completely control the Majlis just a year before. Consolidating power, he reasoned, would aid him in maintaining control over Iran’s restive society. However, today’s protests in Iran are proving him wrong. Protesters are getting more organized, resolute, and determined to restore their rights as the regime’s strength fades. It is only a matter of time before the people rise up against the regime and its draconian security forces.