MEK Iran: Growing Opposition to the Mullahs’ Regime
Those acquainted with Iranian social media have noticed an increase in recordings and posts of ordinary people on the streets speaking out against the mullahs, cursing them, and even attacking them. In late December, a woman attacked two clerics in the holy city of Qom, which has traditionally been the clerics’ power center, pulling off and trampling on their turbans. Such posts frequently go viral on a variety of media, and the comments indicate public mood across the country.
Inflation and failure in expectations of the people are serious
Due to the lack of freedom of expression in the country and the state’s total dominance of traditional media, social media platforms have proven to be more reliable, as they have proven to be more immune to the systemic propaganda that the Iranian regime’s various intelligence agencies wish to feed to the outside world. Recent pronouncements by the regime’s authorities and media may also lead to the proper conclusion for individuals who like to be labeled “professionals” and seek the truth through official sources.
“Worrying inflation on the one hand, and failure to meet the expectations of the people and dissatisfaction with the way the country is run on the other, prevented some students in religious sciences from continuing their education and enrolling in seminary courses,” the state-run Hamdeli newspaper wrote on January 15.
The people of Tehran have suffered more psychologically
“In recent days, two or three teachers and administrators, as well as major authorities in the Qom seminary, have expressed concern about the decrease in the number of enrolments in several seminaries or the indifference of students in supporting the way the country is managed,” the daily added. Meanwhile, lower-rank officials are becoming increasingly vocal in their warnings to Tehran’s leadership about the causes of such hostility.”Compared to the last six months, the people of Tehran have suffered more psychologically,” Taghi Azad Armaki, a state-affiliated sociologist at the University of Tehran, remarked on January 21.
The political system is unwilling to address social injustices.”Our condition has not gotten better, rather it has become worse,” he said in an interview with the Jamaran website. What has been done to improve the situation on a national level? We’ve merely succeeded in keeping individuals from speaking.”In an interview with the state-run Eghtesad News on January 18, former presidential candidate Mostafa Hashemitaba warned regime authorities against disregarding civil unrest.
People realized that whatever they say is not heard, so they resist
“When people realize that whatever they say is meaningless, they begin to resist.” As a result, there is little hope for the future, and widespread poverty and despair have extremely deadly consequences,” he warned. “While the country is beset by poverty, everyone who speaks [provocative] words adds salt to the people’s wounds.” It will be tough for the officials if they continue to speak carelessly and mock the dire economic situation.” Iran’s economy is going through challenging times,” the state-run Jahan-e Sanat newspaper reported on January 20, criticizing the Iranian regime president’s ambiguous pledges regarding reducing inflation.
According to estimates, this year’s inflation will be around 50%, and the situation we’re dealing with is known as “populism.” It is difficult to follow through on a promise to produce one million dwelling units every year. Iran’s economy does not stand a chance of averting total collapse.”Poverty is destroying the spine of the people, and these folks, they will not listen to the administration,” Javadi Amoli, a regime-affiliated cleric in the Qom seminary, stated in a meeting with Akbar Kamijani, the regime’s central bank president, on January 20.