Iranian protests continue as economic woes worsen ahead of Nowruz
Anger is escalating among the Iranian public as economic woes are making it extremely difficult to make ends meet, especially less than ten days prior to Nowruz, the Iranian calendar new year. 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 the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK). The names of 664 killed protesters have been published by the MEK.
Retirees and pensioners in the cities of Ahvaz, Kermanshah, Shush, and Kerman, were rallying today, protesting low pensions, and poor insurance plans, and seeking adjustments based on skyrocketing prices and increasing inflation.
The government has long provided many hollow promises of increasing pensions. It was also supposed to settle unpaid pensions remaining from previous years.
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 years.
Similar protest rallies were held on Sunday by retired steelworkers in Isfahan, central Iran, and nurses in Qazvin, northwest Iran.
Workers of government-associated sites are holding a gathering in Tehran on Sunday morning protesting the regime’s refusal to increase their paychecks, in violation of their own laws, and voicing their grievances over their economic woes.
In other reports from the country’s capital, investors in the Azvico auto company (shareholders include the IRGC) are rallying today and seeking answers to their long-raised demands after being left in limbo for so long.
March 12 – Ahvaz, southwest #Iran
Retirees and pensioners of the Social Security Organization protesting and calling for higher wages and equality among all retirees.#IranProtests2023pic.twitter.com/YhhPoiYkER
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) March 12, 2023
Regime operatives in a village near the city of Sarvabad in Kurdistan Province, western Iran, launched chemical gas attacks targeting at least three different schools in one village. Reports indicate several children were left ill as a result.
Workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company in Khuzestan Province, southwest Iran, continued their strike for a second day on Sunday protesting company officials’ refusal to address their demands.
March 11 – Ilam, western #Iran
Personnel and the medical staff of the Medical University of Ilam rallying outside the campus and protesting the university officials' corrupt policies.#IranProtests2023 pic.twitter.com/mtIebCiBE2
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) March 11, 2023
As the country’s nationwide uprising is about to enter its seventh month, the Organization of Iranian American Communities hosted a bipartisan summit in Washington, calling for support for the Iranian people’s ongoing revolution. Iranian opposition President-elect Maryam Rajavi of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) also spoke at the event:
“The clerical regime will resort to any crime in an effort to stop the uprising. In the past three months, the regime has carried out a horrific crime by poisoning thousands of Iranian school girls nationwide through chemical attacks.
Despite this brutal suppression, the regime has failed to uproot the uprising, because this uprising has roots in the explosive state of Iran’s society, and MEK Resistance Units and the nationwide network of organized resistance inside the country play a significant role in the uprising,” the NCRI President-elect explained.
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