Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, July 9, 2019 - In a recent article, Keyhan, the news outlet that reflects the views of the Iranian regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei, acknowledged the country's unsolvable housing crisis. "A person who could live in an 80-meter house with an 800-million-rial bond and 4-million-rial monthly rent last year must pay 12 million rials to rent the same house this year," Keyhan wrote on July 1.
The housing problem has become so critical that some of Iran's people have foregone buying or renting homes and have resorted to living in tents.
"The people no longer have the power to pay for rent. The problem has become so serious that I've received calls from people in my constituent, asking to receive tents from the Red Crescent to continue living in tents in parks. This has become a national issue," said Ahmad Safari, a member of the regime’s Majlis (parliament) from Kermanshah.
The state-run Resalat newspaper wrote on July 2, "More than 40 percent of the Iranian population is under the line of poverty. The rich are becoming richer and the poor poorer. The tax system is in total service of the rich. The banking system has put 70 percent of its wealth into the hands of 2.5 percent of the society."
Abrar-e Eqtesadi newspaper wrote on July 3, "The price of some food items has increased by 300 percent."
Ironically, before coming to Iran, Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the mullahs' regime, had promised to build homes and give free water, electricity and transportation to Iranians. However, after 40 years, his regime has only achieved poverty and misery for the people of Iran.
The current situation in Iran is the direct result of systematic embezzlement by the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and other institutions of the regime, which has come directly out of the pockets of the Iranian people.
At the end of 2017, people in more than 140 cities across Iran poured into the streets despite the heavy presence of security forces and the regime's brutal suppressive measures. Many of them were fed up with the corruption and mismanagement that of regime officials, which has driven their lives into poverty, inflation and unemployment.
The protests, which continue to this day, blame the regime and its destructive domestic and foreign policies for the current economic conditions in Iran.
The protesters are regularly chanting:
"Let go of Syria, think about us!"
"One less embezzlement and our problems will be solved"
"Death to dictator"