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Iran protests: Who is to blame for the country’s economic woes?

The merchants of Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, who closed shops and poured into the streets
The merchants of Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, who closed shops and poured into the streets

Analysis by PMOI/MEK


Iran, June 27, 2018 - As the latest wave of protests over the failed state of Iran’s economy enters their fourth day, the Iranian regime is hard pressed to find itself a way out of an ordeal that has been intensifying since nationwide protests erupted at the turn of the year.
The merchants of Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, who closed shops and poured into the streets as the rial took another nosedive on Monday, triggered protests by other social classes in Tehran and other cities of Iran. Their protests, which were initially aimed at economic grievances 
On Tuesday, Hassan Rouhani, the president of the Iranian regime, tried to lay the blame on the U.S. and said during a meeting of judges, “We are fighting against the United States. It wants to make an economic war. The U.S. cannot defeat our nation; our enemies are not able to force us to their knees.”
However, in the streets of Tehran, the people were chanting, “The enemy is right here, they’re lying when they say it’s America.”
The real perpetrator of the economic war against the Iranian people is none other than the ruling mullahs, who have been plundering the people’s wealth for four decades to solidify their grasp on power and to wage war on their neighbors.
In a statement on the recent wave of protests, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said, “The exchange crisis and unprecedented high prices, which has imposed a burdensome pressure on the overwhelming majority of the people of Iran, is the outcome of the policies of the ruling religious fascism from the beginning that have wasted the assets of the Iranian people, either by spending on domestic repression, nuclear projects, export of terrorism and fundamentalism and warfare in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and other countries in the region, or have been looted by the regime’s corrupt leaders.” 
Those policies, Mrs. Rajavi stressed, are tied to the existence and benefits of all the gangs of this regime. This is a fact that is not lost on the people of Iran, who have redoubled their efforts to regain their rights since protests emerged in December. “Reformists, principalists, the game is over,” the protesters chanted in the streets of Tehran and other cities, targeting all the so-called rivaling factions in the regime.
For the people of Iran, who have been living under the tyranny of the mullahs for so long, there’s no illusion of who is to blame for the failed state of the country’s economy.
As an editorial in Gulf New stated, “The blame for this current wave of protests can be laid directly at the feet of Iran’s leadership who are intent on spreading its sectarian agenda from the Bab Al Mandab to the Mediterranean. The regime is more intent on spreading chaos from Yemen to Lebanon than it is on engaging with its citizens and making sure that their economic well-being is met. The reality is that Iran will have to endure domestic isolation and privation — the cost of being rightfully shunned over its foreign policies.”