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Iran: State-run media acknowledge critical economic conditions

Popular discontent is on the rise in Iran over economic woes
Popular discontent is on the rise in Iran over economic woes

Analysis by PMOI/MEK


Iran, July 8, 2019 - The state-run Jahan-e Sanat newspaper in Iran wrote on Saturday, "Many experts believe this year, the revenue from oil exports will decline considerably. It's natural for the people to be dissatisfied when they see government officials are not looking for a real solution."

Jahan-e Sanat called the Iranian regime's economy "ill, non-productive and too reliant on oil exports" and stressed that there's no prospect for seeing an improvement in the country's current economic conditions. "Wrong government policies have destroyed the country's production, has increased demand for exports, and it's natural that the current income will not be sufficient. These critical conditions have pushed the economy into a new phase which is out of the control of government officials. Iran's economy has reached a point where there's no hope for better conditions after we put behind the current situation."

In the past two years, declining economic conditions have triggered protests in many segments of Iranian society. In the past year, truckers, teachers, workers, farmers, and many other communities have staged strikes and protests against regime officials for their inefficiency in managing the economy and solving the country's problems.

Iranian regime officials try to lay the blame on economic sanctions by the U.S. However, in their protests, which began long before the U.S. re-imposed sanctions on the Iranian regime, the people of Iran are directly targeting the regime and calling out its officials for their corrupt financial policies and their destructive regional agendas, which are taking their toll on the country's economy. In their demonstrations, the Iranian people chant slogans in which they call regime officials "thieves," "mafia," and "corrupt," and constantly point out that the ruling mullahs take advantage of their religious authority to plunder the money that belongs to the people.

Protesters are also complaining that the regime's meddling in countries of the region, including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen, are destroying Iran's economy. "Let go of Syria, think about us," protesters regularly chant.