Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, April 11, 2020—Following the Iranian regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei’s deceptive remarks on April 9 supporting end of quarantine period, the Coronavirus Task Force announced on April 10 that two-third of government employees will start to work on Saturday, April 11. It also announced that “the general policy and strategy of this Task Force is still continuing the principle of staying at home.”
The inhuman crossroads of life and death
What the controversial remarks of the so-called Coronavirus Task Force mean is that those who have the money to support their daily life can stay at home, but those whose lives depend on the minimum revenue must go back to work and be exposed to coronavirus, and the government will not be supporting them.
This is the inhumane nature of the corrupt mullahs’ regime ruling Iran. The government spokesperson Ali Rabiei confirmed this cruel policy of the regime by saying: “The mortality rate of poverty and restrictive economic policies is not comparable to the mortality rate of the coronavirus.” This means that those who stay home to protect themselves against coronavirus will die sooner because of hunger and poverty. This is a clear acknowledgment that the poverty imposed on the Iranian people by the regime is more dangerous and deadlier than COVID-19.
To justify the criminal decisions of his government, Rabiei blamed poverty on U.S. sanctions, implying that returning to work is inevitable for those who don’t have the money to support their livelihoods. What he didn’t explain is why a regime that spends billions of dollars on foreign terrorism, military nuclear projects, and ballistic missiles ever year can’t allocate a fraction of its vast financial resources to support the population in times of crisis.
Controversies in the regime’s ranks
Some members of the so-called Coronavirus Task Force are against Khamenei’s policy to cancel the quarantine. Some even expressed their opposition. This opposition is more obvious within executive directors, governmental institutions and ministries such as the Health Ministry. A few days earlier, in regard to coronavirus outbreak in Gilan and lack of hospital beds, Health Minister Saeed Namaki said, “We were crushed under the pressure.
“68 percent of the residents of the capital agree with more restrictions to control the coronavirus and 75 percent of people's commutes is to meet their daily needs," said Alireza Zali, commander of the Coronavirus Task Force Base.
This shows that the most important thing for Khamenei is to preserve his rule at the cost of people’s lives. “The voting on an urgent bill to lock down the country was suspicious, and the presidium of the parliament did not handle it,” said MP Tayebeh Siavoshi in reference to a parliament bill that was ruled out by Khamenei earlier in the week.
“The urgent bill to lock down the country was ruled out of parliament agenda in a strange way,” wrote the Ruydad 24 website.
Khamenei tried to take over the situation and solve the regime’s internal conflicts. But he failed, and in the coming weeks when the coronavirus outbreak rises we’ll witness more and more internal crisis.
What is clear is that the Iranian regime is in a final period of its downfall and the Iranian people and their organized Resistance are ready to make the different.
As Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said earlier this year: “There is a single solution for Coronavirus, for poverty, for oppression and tyranny. That solution is overthrowing the mullahs’ religious dictatorship in its entirety.”
Mrs. Rajavi also quoted the Iranian Resistance leader Massoud Rajavi who announced that: “The Iranian people’s fight against Coronavirus is part of their fateful resistance against Khamenei and the inhuman clerical regime.”