MEK :Iranians are Impoverished as a Result of the Mullahs’ Destructive Policies
Over the past 40 years, the Iranian regime has plundered and fleeced the Iranian people to the point where most of them cannot even provide one portion of a warm meal to their families, and many are even deprived of a daily meal. This situation and the people’s abject poverty can be attributed to two factors, but two facts explain the Iranian people’s dire situation. First, there is the regime’s officials’ insatiable greed, which has looted everything. Second, the regime’s capital-burning ambitions, as evidenced by its terrorism, “revolutionary” exports, and missile and nuclear projects.
Ali Khamenei and his office reaping the lion’s share
While we witness countless claims by regime officials about fighting corruption in the country, the majority of them are knee-deep in corruption cases, with supreme leader Ali Khamenei and his office reaping the lion’s share. On January 15, the state-run daily Hamdeli attacked Raisi’s government, revealing the regime’s plans to loot “the people’s basic commodities.”
“The head of the Planning and Budget Organization announced a plan in which the government will issue a ‘bread purchase card’ to citizens.” According to this plan, the bread will be sold on a quota basis and in two currencies. When I hear this news, the first thing that comes to mind is the country’s situation and the complexities involved in planning to provide bread to the public.
“Indeed, how many countries around the world have created a purchasing card for bread and are in charge of such programs?” What have we done to a rich country that requires rationing and quotas on basic goods? The spread of this news in society is detrimental and exacerbates people’s concerns,” Hamdeli wrote.
The situation is worse in deprived cities and the countryside
Finally, Hamdeli warned the regime, “In a situation where society is tired of, dire living conditions and a declining economy, talking about eliminating subsidies for imported goods such as bread is grating on people’s nerves.”
On January 15, the state-run daily Eghtesad-e Pooya published a shocking report on the severity of poverty in Iran, writing, “Many published reports on the living conditions of the people show that more than 60 to 70 percent of the people cannot afford to buy any kind of meat and poultry, and according to the owners of many butcher and protein shops, most people go to buy bones and other surplus cases, and this situation is worse in deprived cities and the countryside.”
“These difficult and deplorable conditions are excruciating for the people who live on a land rich in oil and gas mines, precious metal mines, and other God-given gifts.”
Wage-earners is equal to that of the poorest countries in Africa
The daily revealed the severity of this critical situation by comparing the living conditions in Iran to the poorest African countries: “In fact, the standard of living of workers and wage earners is equal to that of the poorest countries in Africa, and this level of wages has led the heads of households who have lost their jobs or have no jobs, to accept even lower wages than stated in the labour law.”
Finally, the paper warns the regime of the consequences of such a situation: “Living difficulties and a lack of minimal economic and social security cause these people to participate in protests to pursue their demands.” In the history of this country and other nations, we have seen that the crisis of poverty and hunger does not tolerate any kind of ideology.”
While the Iranian regime spends Iran’s wealth on the export of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, the Iranian people struggle with poverty and cannot afford even minimum food for their families.