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A brief look at municipalities in Iran

The Iranian regime’s oppressive forces attacking innocent street vendors trying desperately to make ends meet
The Iranian regime’s oppressive forces attacking innocent street vendors trying desperately to make ends meet

Analysis by PMOI/MEK

Iran, September 20, 2019—City municipalities in normal countries are an apparatus elected by the people and working to provide services for their constituents, providing for their daily needs. Of course, Iran under the mullahs’ regime is no ordinary country.

Municipality agents of the regime ruling Iran are hand in glove with the oppressive state security forces, the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), the paramilitary Basij units and the plainclothes agents that answer only to Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. And these are only a few of the more than 30 different entities associated to oppress the nation of Iran. There is a long history of the mullahs’ regime plundering the Iranian people.

These days municipality agents are seen patrolling the streets harassing, blackmailing and even attacking street vendors in broad daylight.

At 3 am in the morning on September 13, municipality agents in the city of Piranshahr in Kurdistan Province, western Iran, used a mechanized loader to tear down stalls of street vendors selling fruits in a city park. Around 40 of these stalls of impoverished street vendors were destroyed. The municipality agents even stole fruit from a number of the poor vendors.

At a time when 80 percent of the Iranian people are living in poverty, many are resorting to selling goods on the streets, carrying heavy loads as porters and transferring fuel in small vehicles, all in a desperate effort to make ends meet and put food on the table for their families. Millions of people are sleeping with only one meal a day in Iran while the mullahs’ regime, and its officials and insiders, live luxurious lives and provide billions to terrorists across the globe.

The crimes of the regime’s municipality agents have escalated to such an extent and become so utterly shocking that one state-media outlet acknowledged these atrocities.

“A 9-year old child that gathers trash for 20 hours a day, to have a very small income at the end of the month, is sometimes forced to give away half of his earnings to corrupt municipality agents that resort to blackmailing such innocent children,” a piece in the Tasnim news agency read (August 19, 2018).

Considering the fact that these repressive forces are established to oppress the Iranian people and resort to blackmail, reports indicate they are forcing street vendors in Tehran to pay a fee or else they will round up their goods and/or have them arrested.


“Municipality agents sold my spot to two other individuals. I was sick and didn’t come to sell goods. I tell them to give me back the money I gave you, and they refuse. They say we can demand money from you whenever we wish,” one innocent street vendor said.

Of course, when faced with protests and people coming to support the innocent street vendors, these vicious bullies quickly flee such scenes.