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Protests continue in Iranian cities as officials warn of deteriorating economic conditions

Representatives of medical students rallied in front of the regime’s Majlis (parliament)-Tehran, Iran—September 24, 2020
Representatives of medical students rallied in front of the regime’s Majlis (parliament)-Tehran, Iran—September 24, 2020

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, September 24, 2020—In Tuesday’s Majlis (Parliament) session, Shiva Ghassemipour, MP from Kurdistan province, said, “The way things are going, in the next few months, bread will disappear from the people’s tables, as has happened with meat and eggs.”

The MP added, “After all these years, we must ask ourselves, was there no solution to this situation?... Our officials don’t do anything to help the impoverished segments of the society, whose numbers are increasing every day. When did we promise to create havens for the rich, give shelter to the corrupt, and deprive the poor from the power to buy eggs?”

Ghassemipour said, “The government prides in having provided all the needs of the people, but at what price? When the people don’t have the purchase power, there’s not use… We’ve seen time and again that officials who speak on national television aren’t even aware of the prices of goods, they don’t know that the people are so desperate that they are selling their body organs to make ends meet… Do the meager salaries match the explosion of prices?”

Ghassemipour finished her remarks by warning against the constant deaths of porters, suicide of youth, the country’s endemic brain drain, and other social issues that plague the country.

This is just one of the several acknowledgments by regime officials that the Iranian society is in an explosive state, and the deteriorating economic and social conditions will lead to the eruption of widespread protests. And as Ghassemipour and other MPs continued their discussions in Tehran’s Baharestan building, protests continued in several cities.

 

 

On Tuesday, workers of the Kimia Espadan Yazd Company, in the city of Yazd, central Iran, gathered inside the manager's office protesting the officials’ refusal to pay their overdue wages.

 

Workers of the Karkavan Jalili Industrial-Mining Company in the town of Savadkuh, northern Iran, went on strike on Monday. The miners are demanding adequate pay based on their job conditions, safe working conditions and safety equipment to be provided for their work in the mine. The workers are emphasizing the strike will continue until their demands are met.

 

Protest by workers of the Karkavan Jalili Industrial-Mining Company-Savadkuh, northern Iran—September 21, 2020

Protest by workers of the Karkavan Jalili Industrial-Mining Company-Savadkuh, northern Iran—September 21, 2020

 

 

On Tuesday, farmers in the village of Saleh Davood near Shoush county, southwest Iran, held a rally in front of the district’s governorate office protesting sugar beet contract signed by the Bisotoon and Islamabad Kermanshah companies.

 

Protests in various cities across Iran—September 23, 2020

Protests in various cities across Iran—September 23, 2020

 

 

Protests in various cities across Iran—September 23, 2020

Protests in various cities across Iran—September 23, 2020

 

 

Nurses and medical staff of the Ibn Sina Transplant Hospital in the city of Shiraz gathered in front of the Fars Medical Sciences University on Wednesday protesting delayed paychecks.

 

Plundered depositors of the Azvico car company (Azerbaijan Automobile Industry) held a rally on Wednesday outside the East Azarbaijan province Governor's Office in northwest Iran. The protesters are demanding the delivery of the 6,000 vehicles they had pre-purchased two year ago.

It is worth noting that company officials have responded to the depositors that the company has no production but sells its MG360 cars in the free market at current prices.

 

Medical students’ representatives from all universities in Iran held a rally in front of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) on Wednesday, September 23, protesting the unjust 2020 medical certification exam.

The main demand of these students is the graduation of all final year medical students due to the upcoming the third coronavirus wave.

On Wednesday, marking the International Week of the Deaf, a group of deaf Iranians and disability rights activists rallied in front of the regime's Radio and Television Organization in Tehran, protesting the officials’ refusal to implement Article 21 of the Law for the Disabled, the fact that state TV does not provide disability services for those in need, and the regime’s ignorance regarding their demands.

On Wednesday, following a call from the National Drivers Union for a nationwide strike, truck drivers in the city of Fardis near Karaj, west of Tehran, went on strike protesting low fares and high vehicle maintenance costs.