Iranian citizens continue to protest worsening economy despite regime crackdown
The situation has only worsened in recent months, with the Iranian rial losing much of its value, resulting in rising prices and unemployment rates. Unfortunately, the regime’s response to the protests has been violent, with security forces cracking down on demonstrators, blocking access to social media, and censoring the press. According to sources from the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK), over 750 people have been killed, and more than 30,000 have been arrested since the protests began.
Despite the regime’s efforts to quell dissent, protests have continued throughout the country. On Thursday night, locals in Tehran’s Tehransar district chanted anti-regime slogans, including “Death to the dictator!” referring to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Similar scenes of protests were reported in other districts of Tehran and in Bandar Abbas, a major port city in southern Iran.
Workers of a local chromite mine in the town of Esfandagheh in Kerman Province, south-central Iran, are also holding a gathering on Thursday protesting not receiving their paychecks and insurance pensions for the past three months, and end-of-year bonuses.
Locals in the Grand Bazaar area and the Aladdin shopping complex in Tehran took to the streets on Wednesday protesting the country’s deteriorating economy and the nosediving national currency.
The grievances of the Iranian people extend beyond economic issues, as retirees and pensioners in Ahvaz protested poor living conditions, insurance issues, and low wages and pensions. Meanwhile, store owners in Arak went on strike to protest poor economic conditions, and villagers near the city of Kashan protested against mining activities that threaten their livelihood.
February 23 – Tehran, #Iran
Locals in the city's Tehransar district are chanting:
"Death to the dictator!"
"Death to the child-killing regime!"
"This is the last message: the whole regime is the target!"#No2ShahNo2Mullahs#مرگ_بر_ستمگر_چه_شاه_باشه_چه_رهبرpic.twitter.com/4XbdnREmsb
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) February 23, 2023
Iranian opposition President-elect Maryam Rajavi of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) expressed her support for the protestors and their aspirations for a free, secular, and democratic Iran. She emphasized that the protests are the continuation of the battle that began 40 years ago, and they are led by brave women, courageous youths, and Resistance Units who are determined to march toward the overthrow of the mullahs and the establishment of a free Iran.
What is happening in the streets of #Iran is the continuation of the battle with the same slogans and aspirations as 40 years ago, which is led by brave women, courageous youths, and resistance units. It is marching towards the overthrow of the mullahs and a #FreeIran pic.twitter.com/4RWgYL909a
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) February 22, 2023
The international community has condemned the regime’s actions and called for an end to the violence. However, the regime has resorted to violent crackdown measures, coupled with censorship and a clampdown on freedom of expression, blocking access to social media and other online platforms. This has only served to further fuel the outrage and discontent of the protesters, who are determined to continue their fight for justice and economic reform.
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