Bread and flour will now be rationed by the Iranian regime
It is difficult to imagine that people in one of the richest nations, Iran, have to ration their food and water in the twenty-first century. Sadly, it is the case. The so-called “smart subsidies of flour and bread” plan would be implemented in Tehran and other major cities, according to state-run Iranian media on June 20.“This plan more seems like rationing the bread and flour. Because bakers could receive a limited ‘portion’ of flour using their card at a lower price. They should get the rest at the free market rate,” the state-run Etemad daily wrote on June 20. “Based on this plan, if a bakery received 200 bags of flour per month, it would now receive as much as it produces bread,” the paper adds.
In other words, many Iranians must pay more for their bread. In the best-case scenario, commodity prices have quadrupled since Ebrahim Raisi’s administration abolished the “preferential exchange rate”.
Importing necessities like food and medicine was funded by the official exchange rate. The institutionalized corruption of the regime eventually caused prices to triple, but when the preferential rate was eliminated, prices skyrocketed.
Early in May, protests broke out all over the nation as people struggled to cope with yet another economic shock in the midst of the nation’s financial crisis. For many Iranian families, bread has recently replaced all other foods; depriving them of it could lead to another uprising. The mullahs began playing the victim card out of fear for the outcome, blaming the unfortunate Iranian bakers for “smuggling the flour.” One can only speculate as to how on earth tons of flour could be smuggled into a nation where all ports and borders are strictly monitored and where it only takes a few minutes to detain someone who chants a slogan critical of the regime officials.
“Bakers have nothing to do with flour smuggling or any of the plans created under the guise of fighting corruption. Have the nation’s bakers gained enough clout to smuggle flour across the border into its neighbors? On July 22, this was raised in a question to the official Setra-e Sobh daily.
Setar-e Sobh warned regime officials, saying, “If we do not address the bakers’ problem, soon they would close their shops, and this is not good for the people and it will have consequences for us.
“While Iranians are currently denied bread by the regime, many Iranians have been purchasing it “on lease” for the past two years.The state-run Tejarat news described how Iranians lease bread in a heart-breaking story in 2020. According to the website, “the last page of his notebook is divided by a line, filled with names and the day they leased the bread.
“The diverse signs that the lives of millions of Iranians are filled with suffering include selling body parts, leaving newborns, parents pre-selling their unborn children, an increase in suicide cases, and now the practice of purchasing bread on credit.
The so-called “economic plans” or simply the Iranian regime taking more money out of people’s pockets add salt to their wounds. Tehran needs every dollar it can get to maintain its vast security and military infrastructure. Tehran must also stop engaging in illegal activities like supporting terrorism and advancing its nuclear weapons project.
It uses oppression as a response to Iranians who protest for their rights. But everything eventually turns around. These actions only serve to inflame public animosity toward the government, as evidenced by the frequent protests where participants yell “death to Raisi” and “death to Khamenei.”