Iranian regime faces countrywide protests over poor living conditions
People throughout the country are specifically holding the mullahs’ Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei responsible for their miseries, while also condemning the oppressive Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and paramilitary Basij units, alongside other security units that are on the ground suppressing the peaceful demonstrators.
Protests in Iran have to this day expanded to at least 282 cities. Over 750 people have been killed and more than 30,000 are arrested by the regime’s forces, according to sources of Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK). The names of 647 killed protesters have been published by the MEK. Locals in the capital Tehran began chanting anti-regime slogans on Monday night, including “Death to the IRGC!” and “Khamenei is a murderer!”
Retirees and pensioners across Iran have been protesting for the past few years, with many demanding adjustments to their pensions based on the inflation rate and fluctuations in the price of Iran’s national currency. Workers in companies involved in lead and other metals are on strike in the cities of Yazd and Zanjan, protesting their delayed paychecks, harsh working conditions, and long labor hours. Workers and engineers of the Kanrood Sazeh Company in the city of Chabahar are on strike, protesting not receiving their payments for the past four months.
On Sunday and Monday nights, locals in Tehran and other cities began chanting anti-regime slogans, demanding answers from officials in charge, and protesting low pensions, poor insurance plans, and paychecks that have been delayed for months. Family members of death row inmates, bakery owners, and local teachers were also among those protesting in various cities across Iran.
February 19 – Tehran, #Iran
Families of death row inmates rallied outside the regime's judiciary and called for a halt to the regime's executions.#No2ShahNo2Mullahs #مرگ_بر_ستمگر_چه_شاه_باشه_چه_رهبر pic.twitter.com/aQ5vbKgcdz
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) February 19, 2023
Iranian opposition President-elect Maryam Rajavi of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) emphasized the people’s determination to overthrow the mullahs’ dictatorship and establish a republic based on freedom, democracy, and human rights.
“We are reminded of the recent glorious uprising and the blood that still flows from the bodies of the Iranian people. The word of revolution has triumphed and broken the yokes of the Shah and the mullahs,” the NCRI President-elect explained.
As the protests continue to escalate, the Iranian government has yet to respond to the demands of its citizens. The world is watching closely as the people of Iran fight for their rights and a better future.
We are reminded of the recent glorious uprising and the blood that still flows from the bodies of the Iranian people. The word of REVOLUTION has triumphed and broken the yokes of the Shah and the mullahs.#IranRevolution pic.twitter.com/WC0DAJ4PN7
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) February 19, 2023
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