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Iran: Officials voicing concern over powder keg society

Iran protests (file photo)
Iran protests (file photo)

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, June 24, 2020—Ebrahim Raisi, head of the so-called judiciary in Iran under the mullahs’ regime, expressed grave concerns about protests and popular uprisings. “We need to clarify between security crimes and political crimes. We need to differentiate between protests and unrests,” Raisi said during an interview with state TV on Monday, June 22.

“Unrests differ from protests, such as rallies held by workers who at times gather in their factories and protest their [delayed] paychecks, about their living conditions. This is one thing. Then there is the issue of disrupting security and disrupting social order. This should not be allowed. We must never allow unrest to take place,” Raisi added.

It is worth noting that such remarks are considered a threat by the Iranian public, especially considering the fact that Ebrahim Raisi is known for his direct role in the summer 1988 massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners, mostly members and supporters of the Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

In other reports, discussions Tuesday’s session of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) also reflected on the November 2019 protests sparked by a gasoline price imposed by the mullahs.

“My request from the Speaker is to hold a closed-door meeting, on whatever issue they believe it is necessary, to discuss security matters,” Iranian regime Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli. “The gasoline price hike was approved by the heads of the three governing branches. It was then approved by the Supreme National Security Council, and thus discussed in the administration… [The price hike] was imposed on a Thursday night and an early Friday morning. The [unrest] took place on Saturday night. Once again here I express my gratitude to all military and security forces on the ground. If those events need further analysis, we can have the commander on the ground come here and explain… The gasoline riots were the result of various issues. This is not the right place to discuss this subject,” he added.

Various members of the regime’s Majlis also voiced concerns about the country’s powder keg conditions and shed light on the ongoing theft and plundering by those in certain positions.

“I am witnessing the people’s wrath against us,” said Majlis member Hossein Maghsoudi, citing children sleeping hungry at nights, youth unemployment, people being forced out of their homes due to poverty and other such dilemmas.

“The country’s economy is in ruins… we are witnessing growing dissent among the population,” said Majlis member Ahmad Alireza Beigi from the city of Tabriz citing various cases of corruption that are linked directly to the regime’s hierarchy.