Iran: Nationwide retirees protests continue for the third day in a row
Thousands of retirees and pensioners affiliated with the Social Security Organization protested for the third day on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, in at least ten provinces. Outside government buildings, retirees chanted “Death to [regime president Ebrahim] Raisi,” “Raisi; death to your deception,” and “We can only obtain our rights on the tarmac.” “Retirees rallied and marched in Tehran, Yazd, Ahvaz, Zanjan, Arak, Karaj, Kermanshah, Kerman, Rasht, and Khorramabad cities, protesting the regime’s plundering of their rights and indifference to their rightful demands,” the National Council of Resistance of Iran said.
The Raisi cabinet approved an enactment on Sunday that increases retiree pensions by 10%, despite economists’ lowest estimates of inflation being above 40%. Protesting retirees and pension recipients say this is yet another deceptive move by Raisi, who has a history of mass murder and plunder spanning four decades.
Raisi is known as the “Butcher of Tehran” for his role in the death commissions that resulted in the execution of thousands of political prisoners in the summer of 1988. According to survivors, the regime executed over 30,000 political prisoners, the majority of whom were members and supporters of the axis opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
Retirees from the Social Security Administration have held weekly rallies for the past two years, urging officials to adjust their salaries to keep up with inflation. The country’s economic decline, on the other hand, left no choice but to flood the streets, raising their voices for fundamental rights for days on end.
For the third day in a row, Social Security Organization retirees continue protests across #Iran, chanting:
—Death to Raisi
—Our Lord; uproot tyranny
—Woe to such injustice
—Our incapable government is a disgrace
—We will come to #Tehran
—Our food baskets are empty pic.twitter.com/FAXl8CSkjT
— Iran News Update (@IranNewsUpdate1) June 8, 2022
Prices of food staples such as bread, egg, chicken meat, and cooking oil have increased by several times since mid-May. Increases in the cost of milk and dairy products, sugar, rice, and other staples of Iranian families’ food baskets continued.
“After assuming office in August 2021, Raisi made bold promises to eradicate poverty and improve the economic situation of the country. “Prices of basic goods are skyrocketing, inflation is at a record high, and the price of the rial is continuing its nosedive less than a year into his presidency,” the MEK official website wrote.
“Interestingly, the regime’s own media reported that The Social Security Investment Company (SHASTA), the financial institution that is supposed to fund retirees, has seen a significant increase in its profits in the past year. However, these gains have yet to be seen in the lives of retirees and pensioners.”
On May 11, 2022, #Iranian Regime Interior Minister #IRGC Brig. Com. Ahmad Vahidi declared the price of chicken, egg, dairy, and cooking oil will [increase] based on a plan for "reforming"—read removing—subsidies.
Vahidi's word caused national #IranProtests2022. pic.twitter.com/P5Mh2WX6HD
— Iran News Update (@IranNewsUpdate1) May 19, 2022
Raisi’s lack of academic education was also mocked by protesting retirees. “What happened to your promises, sixth-grader [Raisi]?” protesters chanted, referring to Raisi’s sixth-grade dropout. “We don’t want a government-run by sixth-graders.”
Repression and the regime’s failure to address retirees’ grievances turned socioeconomic slogans into political ones. Outraged protesters chanted “Death to Raisi,” “Our incapable government is a disgrace,” “The sixth-grader government will soon collapse,” “Our Lord, uproot the tyranny,” “Death to the deceitful government,” and “We die but never give in to disgrace.”
“For the second day in a row, Iran’s honorable retirees took to the streets. “With chants of ‘Death to Raisi’ and ‘Death to this deceptive government,’ they continued their protests and demonstrations,” said NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi. “The Iranian people’s tables are empty, and the country’s criminal thieves must leave.”
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