Regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi is unable to address Iran’s super-crises
Ebrahim Raisi became the leader of the Iranian government almost a year ago due to his role as a key member of the “Death Commission,” which was in charge of hanging thousands of political prisoners in 1988. By then, he was already notorious among Iranians. Raisi made a number of promises to revive the nation’s stagnant economy after his inauguration in an effort to conceal his infamous past. One of the slogans being chanted by demonstrators at the moment is “Liar Raisi, what happened to your promises,” which expresses their outrage at Raisi’s broken promises.
“Breaking the record of poverty and inflation is one of the most important achievements of the Raisi cabinet in the past year,” activists taunt the President. “This government is a record-holder in many aspects like the number of executions and prisoners, the unprecedented pace of devastating the environment, and other catastrophic events.”
One of Raisi’s one-year presidency’s most obvious effects is the widening of the gap between society’s upper- and lower-income classes. Loyal supporters of Raisi praised him as the “lord of impoverished people.” He promised to end poverty, control inflation, and boost the economy while berating his predecessors for wrecking the nation’s financial system.
As a result, widespread socioeconomic protests for individuals’ most fundamental rights have been organized by people from all walks of life.
The mullahs have been supporting regional conflicts, terrorism, expanding the range of their ballistic missiles, and, most importantly, developing nuclear weapons at the expense of the Iranian people for many years. But under Raisi, these costs skyrocketed, and the budget bill for 2021–2022 was presented to the Majlis [Parliament] with a third deficit!
The primary method used by the regime to address this enormous deficit was taxation. Raisi’s government eliminated the subsidized foreign currency under the guise of the “Economic Surgery” plan, forcing the collapse of numerous small businesses and lowering the poverty line by at least 30%.
On June 22, the official news agency, IRNA, quoted Raisi as saying, “The continuation of subsidized foreign currency causes corruption and fraud because a small group of people enjoyed this currency. Now, the government intends to deliver its foreign currency privileges to all the people, and the poor in particular.”
All of this is occurring as the national currency, the rial, has recently fallen in value, decreasing people’s purchasing power. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the late president of Iran, started transferring $15 in monetary assistance to people’s accounts in 2010. The value of Yaraneh is equivalent to $1.50 today as a result of the government’s destructive policies.
The citizens of the Iranian capital have the second-lowest purchasing power in the world, after Lagos, Nigeria, according to Numbeo’s Quality-of-Life Index for 2021.
Major psychological effects of these price increases include sharp increases in suicide attempts, the abandonment of new-borns in trash cans, and massive waves of migration and brain drain from Iran. On the other hand, despite Raisi’s infamous history of violating human rights, social protests have become much more frequent. In these conditions, the unelected ruling system has attempted to put an end to any unrest by using deadly force. But if history is any judge, not only are the brutality and repression of the mullahs and the Revolutionary Guards ineffective, but they also serve to inflame public animosity and anti-establishment protests.