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Iran’s parliament voicing concerns over powder keg society

Street protests in Iran
Street protests in Iran

Analysis by PMOI/MEK


Iran, Nov. 30, 2018 - The efforts of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani to whitewash the regime’s fragile conditions are failing. Each day the deep rifts of the mullahs’ regime and major concerns of the status quo, specifically regarding a powder keg conditions of a society that is about to burst, are reminded over and again.

On November 26, Sadeq Amoli Larijani, the mullahs’ so-called judiciary chief, expressed grave concerns over a number of protests and demonstrations held by workers across the country. The next day, the regime’s Majlis (parliament) became the scene of officials voicing concerns about the regime’s economic and social implosion.

Unemployment was the first issue discussed by Majlis members, emphasizing this subject has resulted in an explosive capacity for the society.

“A portion of our society remains deprived of employment chances and if they’re employed, they are unable to make ends meet due to their low paychecks and pensions not covering their needs. Neglecting the employment issue, the inappropriate status of retirement funds and other issues are adding to the potential of a major social crisis in the country’s future,” said Majlis member Hamideh Zar Abadi.

Abdullah Rezaiian, another Majlis member, shed more light on the subject of “social crisis.”

“Today, employment has become a very serious challenge for the country, raising concerns for all employers, families, and especially educated youth. Unfortunately, this issue is threatening the very being of our state,” he said.

Majlis member Ahmad Moradi described the country’s unemployment numbers as “catastrophic.”

“If the government can’t create any jobs, at least they should refrain from providing wrong statistics. Unemployment has reached 78% in some provinces,” he explained.

“Most of the country’s workshops, small or medium-sized, and even the larger workshops are now inactive or becoming inactive. The Privatization Organization has unfortunately handed over large production units to individuals lacking the necessary expertise, leading to an increase in unemployment and raising many concerns. Unemployment will result in serious social and security damages for the country,” Moradi added.

Other Majlis members warned of lacking any solution in the face of social crises and the role of these crises in escalating the people’s anger and hatred regarding the mullahs’ regime under the pretexts of “mistrust” and “incapable.”

Four million children are out of school, according to Majlis member Nader Ghazipour.

Ali Akbar Abutorabi, another Majlis member, voiced even more atrocities.

“The Majlis has not taken any action… Our country is in pain in regards to its structure. The reason we are at our status quo is because our infrastructures are facing major problems and the country is being literally torn apart due to a wrong banking system and a wrong administrative structure,” he said.

The main concerns of all majlis members focused on further social unrest and a new uprising sweeping the country.

“Sanctions will have their impact, yet solving the problems is also very important… Loans are becoming an incurable problem and people are resorting to selling their kidneys to pay for their loans… Soon, a social explosion will burn all the rich class’ assets. Therefore, it is in the interest of the upper class and the rulers to see to the status quo of the lower class,” said Majlis member Asqar Masoudi.


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