Prepared by PMOI/MEK reporter
Iran, April 26, 2018 -- In various cities of Iran customers of state-run financial institutions continue to protest over the loss of their investments and the corruption of government-owned agencies.
In Tehran, the customers of the Arman-e-Vahdat institution gathered in front of Bank-e-Tejarat and demanded the return of their investments. While the regime has tried to distance itself from the institutions, the demonstrators made it clear that their protests were directed at the government. Their banners stated, “Our lifesavings have been plundered by the Arman institution, under the supervision of the Islamic Republic’s Central Bank. Will anyone answer?”
In the past year, the corruption and embezzlement of savings by several financial institutions like Arman-e-Vahdat have been at the center of sporadic protests across the country. These institutions, which are tied to various government figures and bodies, have declared bankruptcy without being transparent about the reasons and without making any effort to return their customers’ savings. The regime has also refrained from assuming responsibility.
In Ahwaz, Khuzestan, the victims of Arman-e-Vahdat gathered in front of one of the branches of the institution and demanded the return of their lost investments. Their message, too, was directly aimed at the government and was laid out on their banners: “What makes us worth less than the people of Gaza and Lebanon.”
The Iranian regime is spending billions of dollars on foreign meddling, in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. Meanwhile, the lives of the people of Iran continue to spiral into poverty. In countrywide protests that erupted at the turn of the year, protesters vehemently called out the regime for its foreign expenditures and its inefficiency in fixing the bankrupt state of the country’s economy.
The Iranian regime, which sees its foreign meddling as one of the main pillar of its survival, hasn’t been able to respond to the protesters’ demands. Meanwhile, tension over the regime’s financial corruption continues to mount across the country.
On Thursday, the customers of the Caspian financial institution in Kerman gathered in front of one of the branches of the firm and demanded the return of their plundered savings.