Iranian protests turn political as people demand economic relief
The latest wave of protests has been sparked by the country’s economic woes, which have been exacerbated by the regime’s destructive policies. On Sunday, people from various sectors of Iran’s society took to the streets to protest against the regime’s economic policies, which they blame for their miseries. The protests, which have now spread to at least 282 cities across the country, have increasingly evolved into political rallies targeting the regime’s top echelons.
The protests have been met with brutal force by the regime’s security forces, with over 750 people killed and more than 30,000 arrested, according to sources of Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK). The names of 664 killed protesters have been published by the MEK. The regime’s response to the protests has only fuelled more anger among the people, who are determined to continue their struggle for their rights.
The protests have taken different forms, with retirees and pensioners from the regime’s telecommunications industry holding rallies in their provincial capital cities to protest their low pensions and poor economic conditions. The rallies were held in Tehran, Razavi Khorasan, Kermanshah, and Alborz provinces, along with the cities of Ardabil, Dezful, Yasuj, and Yazd. In the past few years, retirees across Iran have been protesting their deteriorating living conditions, especially as the government refuses to adjust their pensions based on the inflation rate and fluctuations in the price of the rial.
The protests have also seen locals in a metro station in Tehran chanting “Death to Khamenei!” to protest the train system’s malfunctions. Students of Sarjangal High School in Zahedan boycotted their classes to protest the numerous chemical gas attacks by regime operatives targeting schools.
March 13 – #Iran
Retirees and pensioners of the regime's communications industry began a new wave of rallies protesting low pensions and poor economic conditions.
Tehran – Razavi Khorasan – Kermanshah – Alborz#IranProtests2023#اعتراضات_سراسری pic.twitter.com/2G0wq0VEsS
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) March 13, 2023
Workers of a local cement factory in Ilam held a gathering to protest their low paychecks, overtime work, low pensions, and company officials’ refusal to hire them based on permanent contracts. Seasonal workers of a local sugar factory in the city of Muqan held another gathering to seek answers about their employment status. IRGC units raided the Mir Abad and Mordad Abad districts on the outskirts of Chabahar, demolishing the homes of Baloch residents early Monday morning.
Retirees and pensioners in the cities of Ahvaz, Kermanshah, Shush, and Kerman were also protesting low pensions, and poor insurance plans, and seeking adjustments based on skyrocketing prices and increasing inflation.
March 12 – Tehran, #Iran
Investors in the Azvico auto company (shareholders include the IRGC) are rallying and seeking answers to their long-raised demands after being left in limbo for so long.#IranProtests2023#اعتراضات_سراسری pic.twitter.com/LVi8XWjWmh
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) March 12, 2023
The protests have shown no signs of abating, with the people becoming increasingly frustrated with the regime’s oppressive policies. The regime’s brutal response to the protests has only fuelled more anger among the people, who are determined to continue their struggle for their rights.
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