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Poverty-Stricken Iranians Forced to Sell Their Organs to Make Ends Meet

While the majority of Iranians live below the poverty line and even sell their hearts due to extreme poverty, corrupt mullahs have a luxurious life for themselves.
While the majority of Iranians live below the poverty line and even sell their hearts due to extreme poverty, corrupt mullahs have a luxurious life for themselves.

As October 17 marked the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, many countries around the world are taking steps to help the vulnerable people in their societies in order to reach this goal. On the other hand, the levels of poverty are so severe in Iran that its citizens are selling their body parts and vital organs to cover expenses and provide much needed money for their families.

Last year, the story of a 29-year-old father who wanted to sell his heart went viral on social media. The man had advertised the sale of his heart for one billion tomans (about $367,000), so that he could ensure that his family would be supported financially for the future.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “Selling body parts is not new in Iran. Walls across the country are covered with advertisements of people offering their organs, even vital ones such as bone marrow, heart, and cornea.”

The Iranian Resistance outlined in a report published in 2019 that both men and women resort to selling their organs as a last resort. Those wishing to sell their kidney are generally between 22 and 34 years of age, but some older people have also offered their organs on the black-market also.

While the Iranian regime continue to waste Iran’s resources to fund their malign activities, more and more Iranian people are falling deeper into poverty on a daily basis.

The NCRI said, “The poverty line in Iran varies from 10 to 15 million tomans. Meanwhile, the salary base of the Iranian workers and employees is around four million tomans.”

The state-run Donyay-e Eghtesad media outlet said on October 4 that between 2012 and 2019, 4 million people have fell into poverty, with the rise of the poverty line increasing from 6.4% to more than 12%.

Despite the Iranian regime being responsible for the rising inflation rates and the dire economic situation in Iran, regime officials have tried to blame the skyrocketing prices on the increase of salaries this year. Whilst there was a 39% increase in peoples’ salaries, this amount barely covers 37% of the living costs of Iranians, leaving workers barely able to make ends meet until the end of the month.

The NCRI said, “The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17 was signed in 1987 when a hundred thousand people gathered at the Trocadéro in Paris to honor the victims of extreme poverty, violence, and hunger.”

The purpose of the day of observance is to acknowledged that poverty is a violation of human rights and urge countries around the world to come together and ensure that these rights are respected where their own citizens are concerned. Since 1987, many governments have used the day to continue with their commitments to eradicate poverty and provide help and support for those in need.

The regime, however, have yet to take any steps to assist Iranians in their struggles. People are committing suicide as they see no other way out, or they are forced to scrounge for food in garbage bins, or sell their body parts to raise much needed funds to support themselves and their families.

As the level of poverty deepens in Iran, the more society’s restiveness is increased. In the past two years, major uprisings have taken place and with the current crises, another one may be on the horizon.

The NCRI said, “There are ongoing protests in Iran by people from all walks of life. Thus, the people’s hatred toward the regime increases parallel to poverty in Iran, and it’s upon the global community to preserve the status quo or help to change it.”

Iran: People’s Poverty a Result of Sanctions or Plundering by Corrupt Mullahs and IRGC Terrorists?

The miserable living and economic situation of the Iranian people is so bad that these days it is the subject of a choir of confession in the state media and the regime’s experts. But when it comes to the causes of this issue, at least within Iran’s executive system, the root of the problem is sought outside the mullahs’ regime, and specifically sanctions. The regime’s president, Hassan Rouhani, has said many times that whatever you could, shout at the White House.

But what is the reality and how much of the problems of the Iranian people are due to sanctions, and if there were no sanctions, would the Iranian people not have economic problems? Before these sanctions, would the Iranian people have lived in luxury?

The issue of the sanctions has become so controversial that the regime’s officials have repeatedly admitted that the main problem is internal and resulting from plundering, because theft and looting is a special feature of the mullahs’ regime.

In the current situation, before the regime’s presidential election, revelations about people’s poverty and state corruption are two issues which have escalated. And internal factions expose each other’s thefts every day and shed crocodile tears for the people.

For example, the statement of the Speaker of the Parliament, Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, caused a scandal by exposing years of astronomical thefts and corruption.

In a dispute with Hassan Rouhani, he acknowledged blatant theft of the annual budget, saying, “Our budget structure is flawed. You see, this year the budget structure is the same as we recorded in the budget bill, which means that the gap between the increase in revenues is 46%, i.e. expenses, revenues are 10%, i.e. 36%” (Khabar TV, 24 January 2021).

Qalibaf sheds crocodile tears for the people in a situation where one of his deputies named Issa Sharifi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison these days, but why?

The state-run Khabar Fori website wrote on 24 January 2021: “Issa Sharifi was sentenced by a court.”

The question is, what did this Issa Sharifi, who was one of Qalibaf puppets, do?

He stole 5,000 billion, but only paid 480 billion tomans, which means that less than 10% of what was stolen was taken from him.

Some 90% of the looted money remains in the hands of the same thief, although that 10% went from one thief to another too.

Issa Sharifi was Qalibaf’s deputy for 16 years and has been one of Khamenei‘s IRGC air force chiefs for many years.

The 5 trillion tomans that he has stolen is equal to the salaries of 2.5 million workers who receive a monthly salary of 2 million tomans.

These days when Qalibaf is boasting about the increase in people’s subsidies, the theft of only one of his deputies is equal to the one-year subsidy of 9.26 million people receiving subsidies from Iran.

But really, how much of the misery of the Iranian people is due to the theft and taking of people’s property by the mullahs’ regime, and if we add up these thefts, how much of the economic problems that the people are facing would be solved?

Is it true that 70% of economic problems are caused by so-called mismanagement? And if it is real, what is its percentage?

These questions remain unanswered in the regime, but the reality is that the cause of all the economic problems of the people is due to the plunder of wealth of the Iranian people by regime officials.

The issue of mismanagement, which is raised in the gang war, is to deprive the integrity of the government of looting and plunder of resources and property of the Iranian people.

When talking about the regime’s actions in the economic, social, security and other fields, the use of terms such as mismanagement and misconduct reduces the burden of the predatory and criminal actions of the leaders of this regime.

This regime, in its entirety and with all its factions, gangs and all its ministries, is involved in looting and plundering the property of the people like a mafia.

To get a small picture of the looting of people’s property by the leaders and members of this system, it is necessary to point out some of the embezzlements and thefts that have been revealed so far.

During the factional feuding and the war on the looting of people’s property in recent years, the media of both factions exposed a corner of the thefts and embezzlements of the leaders and members of the government.

What has become media about these embezzlements. The sum of these embezzlements since 1992 amounts to 30.167 billion dollars.

Naturally, this level of embezzlement is part of what has been looted from the property of the people for more than 40 years and stolen from the pockets of the Iranian people.

Akbar Turkan, a former deputy oil minister, admitted that when oil prices rose, the ninth and tenth governments’ oil revenues reached $531 billion.

The media admitted that in 2017 alone, Rouhani sold more than $40 billion in oil.

None of this money was spent on the people. It was spent on both terrorism and the mullahs’ proxy groups in the region and in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, or it flowed into the pockets of the rulers and the mullahs and their children.

In many of these embezzlements, Khamenei’s institutions, and specifically the Revolutionary Guards and the regime’s leaders, were involved.

Iran: On the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 80% of Iranians Live Below the Poverty Line

For the first time in 1993, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution designating October 17 as World Poverty Eradication Day. On this day, it’s crucial to remember Iran, where over 80% of the population live below the poverty line.

Since 1993, poverty reduction has been a task for governments. After that, Governments were required to adopt appropriate strategies to eradicate poverty. Some developing countries, including Singapore, Tajikistan, Indonesia, and Tanzania, have taken adequate measures to fight poverty and enrich their families.

Iran on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Meanwhile, Iran under the mullahs’ rule, despite significant economic resources, national wealth, ancient history and culture, with increasingly destructive economic policies and plunder of national wealth, caused increasing poverty.

Poverty and deprivation statistics in Iran society

Unfortunately, under the mullahs’ corrupted regime, on the eve of World Poverty Eradication Day, we are witnessing an increase in poverty and deprivation in Iranian society, including:

  • More than 80% of people are below the poverty line.
  • 38 million people are living in shantytowns,
  • 7 million child laborers
  • 3 million female head of household
  • 14 million addicts
  • 13 suicide per day. More than 70% of suicides are due to poverty

People of Iran cannot afford food under the rule of mullahs

While the Iranian regime spends Iran’s wealth on the export of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, the Iranian people struggle with poverty. In addition, they cannot afford even minimum food for their families. Also, many of the Iranian people (80%+ according to media) are under the poverty line. 

That is to say, yet the mullahs blame sanctions for the economic crisis in Iran. Still, they do not mention why the inner circle of the Iranian regime’s officials, including supreme leader Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, and others, are getting richer and invest billions of dollars in WMDs and terrorism in the region.

What is the Solution?

As a result, the situation of economic catastrophe and the widespread poverty of the people are direct resulted of  the mullahs’ corrupt rule. So, what is the solution? Solving Iran’s economic crisis and eradicating poverty from people’s lives can only be achieved through regime change and the establishment of freedom, democracy, and justice. Regime change and establishing the democratic rule lead to the people’s real participation in the country’s economy and the necessary stability for significant investments. 

As Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said: All the promises by the mullahs to the deprived and calamity-stricken people of Iran are hollow and worthless. The only way to end poverty, destitution, and unemployment is to end the mullahs’ evil dictatorship and establish freedom and people’s sovereignty.

Wealth Accumulation of the IRGC’s Khatam-Al Anbiya Construction Headquarters and the Extreme Poverty of the Iranian People

Acquisition of private companies under pressure by the IRGC

Any company in the private sector, if it remains now in Iran, will have to deal with the projects of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Khatam al-Anbiya garrison, and be under the supervision and control of the IRGC. If it disagrees on a matter, it will face the fate of Oriental Oil.

Oriental Oil Company was transferred to Khatam al-Anbia Construction Garrison in 2006 with all of its equipment and capital. The company’s assets were valued at $90 million. A year earlier, the CEO of this private company was “prosecuted” under pressure from the IRGC to merge with the Khamenei‘s Khatam al-Anbiya headquarters under the judiciary order.

Billions of dollars in profits of the IRGC’s Khatam al-Anbiya headquarter, without paying taxes!

Khatam al-Anbiya headquarter does not pay taxes, despite all the enumerated assets it has plundered from the Iranian people’s wealth and all other cases of encroachment whose names are not even mentioned in this article. The IRGC has not only refused to pay a single rial in taxes for billions of dollars in revenue until 2016, but it does not report on its economic activities to the Iranian people, the parliament, and the government. Instead, it has a budget line beyond all executive, educational, industrial, and military sectors, and this budget is increasing every year.

In August 2017, the IRGC Fars News Agency wrote in a report: “Khatam al-Anbiya has completed 2,500 provincial and national projects since its inception.” That means an average of 90 annual projects, which are the country’s most significant economic projects, gifted to the Khatam-al Anbiya!

Carrying out free projects in other countries by the IRGC’s Khatam al-Anbiya

The vast dimensions of Mullahs’ regime payment for the IRGC without audit are such that it has enabled the IRGC to carry out free projects for fore different partners of the regime in the region or around the globe.

The IRGC Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Yazdi, The Deputy of Legal Affairs of the IRGC in Parliament, announced in 2011: “The scope of activities of the Khatam al-Anbiya construction garrison is not limited to Iran. The purpose of the Khatam’s presence in those countries is not for profit, but it is about exporting the revolution. Many of these countries have not yet been able to meet their obligations. And they owe it to the government and Khatam al-Anbiya construction garrison,” he continued, “But this body has fulfilled most of its obligations in the contracting countries, and they are satisfied!”

Sanction of the IRGC’s Khatam al-Anbiya headquarters

In May 2010, the United States imposed sanctions on Khatam al-Anbiya headquarters, its subsidiaries, and the then commander, Rostam Ghasemi. On June 9 of that year, the UN Security Council issued resolutions imposing sanctions on Makin, Rahab, Fatir, and the Consulting Engineers and 40 other companies and institutions of Khatam-al Anbiya.

There is a keyword in Iran, “sanctions businessmen” the reality about this keyword is that the expansion of the Khatam al-Anbiya to more sources, even though the Khatam al-Anbiya is under sanctions, however, it has benefited from the sanctions!

How did this happen?

Large multinational companies left the Iranian market due to the US sanctions, either imposed during the tenure of Mahmood Ahmadinejad, or the new round of sanctions after the US withdrawal from 2015 Iran nuclear deal with world powers.

In the meantime, and in the absence of alternatives in the private sector, this time, it was the IRGC‘s Khatam al-Anbiya that undertook part-time projects, received a huge budget, and made an enormous profit it. While other economic sectors are within the paralyzed economic system, this body will continue to operate.

In April 2010, Turkish companies refused to continue the third phase of the South Pars oil and gas field development project. The $7 billion projects without participating in any auctions, was handed over to the Khatam al-Anbiya.

In May 2010, Rostam Ghasemi, then-commander of the Khatam base, announced: “The Revolutionary Guards will replace Shell and Total companies in South Pars.”

With the announcement of the withdrawal of the “Spanish company Repsol” from operating in the South Pars oil and gas field in June 2010, this $5 billion project was handed over to Khatam al-Anbia without participating in any auctions.

On March 19, 2017, the regime’s “News Network” television reported that only one of the sources of the Khatam al-Anbiya, the Persian Gulf oil refinery, was receiving $60 million a day, which is a huge profit for the IRGC.

Iran’s wealth in the hands of the IRGC and Khamenei and more than nine deciles of the Iranian people below the poverty line

Everyone is shocked when only tiny aspects of the IRGC’s domination on Iran’s economy that have been mediated are revealed.

The point that we should not forget after the unlimited plundering of Iranian wealth by the IRGC’s Khatam al-Anbiya is that all this money flows from the public wealth of the Iranian people into the pockets of the IRGC and the regime’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei. They spend this money for funding their warmongering polices across the region. However, according to the regime’s media, with a basic salary of nearly 2 million tomans, while the poverty line in Iran has reached 10 million tomans, more than nine deciles of Iranians live below the poverty line.

Iranians People’s Poverty Causes Protests Across Iran

As poverty rages across Iran and people are struggling to afford the basics, with over 70% of the country unable to cover a third of their expenses, more protests against the regime have sprung up.

On October 5, 2020, nurses from hospitals in Urmia gathered outside the governor’s office to protest a several-month-long delay in their paychecks. They called for the “special nursing bonus” to be paid, and urge the Ministry of Health to look at their living conditions.

The protesters said: “We want to put an end to discrimination in our contracts.”

On October 4, 2020, health care workers in Tehran held a rally outside the parliament building over a lack of job security. In addition, they demand the changing of their employment classification, and job status remaining in limbo.

On October 3, 2020, retired steel factory workers and their relatives protested outside the Interior Ministry building in Tehran. They demand that officials address the issue of their delayed salaries.

Meanwhile, in Tehran, Telecommunications Company workers, specifically those from the SHASCOM and TCI1 companies, protested outside the Ministry of Communications. Also, they are seeking classification of their specific jobs to ensure just salaries.

They chanted: “Telecommunications Company, shame on you, pay attention to our rights.”

While in Ahvaz, Ramin power plant workers continued their protest over job security and the transfer of the company to the private sector, with 49% of the company shares currently held by a private investor. The 950 workers say that this is putting their job security at risk.

In Isfahan, state hospital nurses gathered outside the Isfahan Medical Sciences University to demand their overtime work pay. In addition, they demand their special nursing bonus, an end to discrimination, and a change to their employment status.

It’s the economy

The statistics surrounding the economy are based on the “food basket” rate set by the regime in February. Basically, the poverty line is set at 49.4 million rials (about $357) per month and anyone who earns below that cannot afford to live.

Since then, the cost of the basics increased by 32% and the people have seen the cost of food increase by 4.9 million rials per month. However, wages have yet to be raised and the regime blames the coronavirus and anything else that they can do.

The Iranian Resistance wrote: “In a situation where paycheck raises are completely ignored, this already deprived sector of Iran’s society is facing even more pains and sufferings.”

Kurdish porters in Iran under the hammer and anvil of poverty and bullets

Kurdish porters in Iran under the hammer and anvil of poverty and bullets

By Daniel Mahdavi

The tough economic situation caused by the mismanagement and corruption of the mullahs’ rule have put the Iranian people in dire straits.

While regime officials invest billions of dollars in luxury cars and luxury villas in good areas of Iran and their children’s studies abroad, the people of Iran’s Kurdish region, who are under extreme poverty and discrimination by the mullahs’ regime, have turned to porting.

Porting, a tragic story of fight for bread and life

Porters are mainly people from the border regions of Iran who have turned to one of the most difficult and dangerous ways of earning a living, namely cargo transportation on their back on mountainous roads, one of the most primitive means of transport.

Most of the porters are belonging to the western and northwestern provinces of Iran.

Porting is a way of earning money in the provinces of Kurdistan, West Azerbaijan, Kermanshah, Ilam.

But porting has also become a common job in the Sistan and Baluchestan, the southwestern reaches of Iran mostly inhabited by the Baluchi minority.

Porters in the border areas of the Kurdish provinces of Iran face many problems for their livelihoods.

Impassable mountain roads, danger of falling, frostbite, falling in avalanches and shooting by border guards and the Revolutionary Guards corps (IRGC) are among the dangers that the Kurdish porters, who live mostly in deprived areas, face on a daily basis.

When the Kurdish porters leave the house for work, they have no hope of returning. Their lives become a choice between dying of starvation or earning a loaf of bread in the harshest possible way.

In Kurdistan, it is not only men porting, but also youth such as young girls are porting. Every day, their lives are endangered not only by the regime’s trigger-happy border guards, but also by minefields, road accidents falling down of mountain or falling in the snow in the winter.

According to various reports, during the first six months of this year, from March 21, 2019 to September 22, at least 121 Kurdish porters were killed or wounded in various areas of Kurdistan.

From these victims, 84 percent of them were killed by the direct fire of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) border guards.

Statistics confirm that Iranian border guards killed 27 Kurdish porters and wounded 77 others by direct fire during this period.

Three of the Kurdish porters who were killed by direct fire by Iranian forces were under 18 years of age.

Dozens of porters have been killed in recent years due to economic problems.

The highest number of Kurdish porters who were killed or injured is from the West of Azerbaijan, with 23 dead and 60 injured.

However, some regime officials have previously acknowledged that the volume of smuggled goods imported by porters is relatively small compared to other sources. In fact, the Revolutionary Guards run the largest smuggling campaign in Iran, and the amount of money and goods they cross over the borders of Iran dwarfs the meager amounts that porters carry on their bent backs to make ends meet.

The reality is that the suffering of the Iranian people will not end unless the Iranian regime is overthrown.

As long as the regime rules Iran, the wealth of the Iranian people will be spent on terrorism and war in the region like Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.

So, the solution to the problems of Iranian people and Iranian ethnic minorities that have been discriminated against by this regime is only possible with the overthrow of the mullahs.

Oil Workers in Iran Continue Their Strikes as the Iranian Regime Fail to Fulfil Their Demands

Contract oil workers continue to strike against the inhumane conditions they are forced to face while working in Iran’s most profitable industry, with workers and employees from 107 different companies demanding for their rights to be recognized by the Iranian regime.
Iranian Oil Workers to Strike for Their Rights

Contract oil workers continue to strike against the inhumane conditions they are forced to face while working in Iran’s most profitable industry, with workers and employees from 107 different companies demanding for their rights to be recognized by the Iranian regime.

The first round of strikes began in July 2020 for a month and half, during which time workers promised to resume their strikes in March 2021 if their demands were not fulfilled by regime officials. This second round has become more widespread than the first, likely due to the regime’s lack of action to improve the conditions of the contract workers, with the strikes gaining wide media coverage worldwide.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “The new wave of strikes extended throughout Iran. Tens of thousands of workers held protests in 114 cities. Now, over 40% of workers still continue their strike, and 60% have returned to work.”

The Associated Press (AP) reported back in June that, “Footage has spread across social media showing construction workers at 60 oil and petrochemical installations, largely in the country’s oil-rich south, walking off their jobs in protest.”

President-elect of the NCRI, Maryam Rajavi spoke out in regards to the workers strike and said, “Repression and expulsion will intensify the workers and laborers anger against the anti-labor and inhuman regime, and adds to the public’s resolve to overthrow the regime and establish freedom and justice.”

The demands of the contract workers are to make sure that they are paid decent wages, given official contracts to protect their job security, and that they are given adequate rest between shifts. The 10-20 campaign that many workers have been lobbying for is to demand 10 days of rest breaks for every 20 days of work, owing to the fact that many workers live far from their place of work and wish to spend quality time with their loved ones.

In regards to the calls for better wages, the NCRI quoted one of the demands saying, “The salary of a worker should not be less than 12 million Tomans, which considering the ever-rising inflation rate is at the edge of the official poverty level already.”

Calls for better conditions in the temporary lodgings for workers is also a priority. Dormitories housing up to 100 workers lack heating and cooling equipment, and there are barely enough facilities to cater for all of the men. The large number of men are forced to share 3 bathrooms between them, and lack enough space in which to sleep. Many dormitories also lack dining facilities, leaving many workers forced to go without food.

The managers of Iran’s Oil Company were appointed by the regime, and these are the people responsible for depriving the workers of their most basic rights. Despite the calls and strikes from workers for the government to step in and improve their situation, regime officials are shirking responsibility, announcing that the workers should be dealing with their managers and contracting companies instead.

The NCRI said, “The Iranian regime has tried on many occasions to intimidate or bribe workers to prevent them from continuing their strikes. It has so far been able to force 60% of workers to return to their works. These workers face the same circumstances and are under pressure from their employers, while many are threatened to be fired.”

As the regime’s exports of oil are already under international sanctions, the threat of the oil worker’s strikes worsening the regime’s already reduced revenue is a worry for the mullahs’, who rely on the revenues to fund their illicit activities abroad.

Tritan Shehu’s Remarks to the Free Iran World Summit 2021–July 12, 2021

Tritan Shehu, Albanian MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs (1996-1997), addressed at the 2nd Day of The Free Iran World Summit on July 12, 2021.

Dear Mrs. Rajavi, distinguished guests, dear Iran and France, and all over the world. It’s my pleasure to take part in this very important summit for democracy and freedom, attended by so many international personalities and thousands of Iranian.

Freedom and democracy is a fundamental, a universal right, and the people of Iran deserve it. They deserve human rights, justice, and the states of law. Freedom means also deity worgen health, freedom means peace, integration with the other people to be open to all without any prejudice, discrimination, regardless of race, gender, religion, the geographic position, etc.

Iranians need to enjoy themselves. They suffer from the misuse of religion, from oppression of the people, poverty, corruption of the government, and many more. So, I fully understand why they want democracy because democracy is fundamental for development, for stability, for the country, and also for the so complicated Middle East region.

So, it is necessary to avoid extremism, the fundamentalist mentality, organization, institutions, and state. Fundamentalism is not only in the form of democracy, but the more create a basis for radicalism and terrorism, at the moment in which we need to create the condition for a peaceful cohabitation between the peoples for the prosperity.

Only democracy can be the guarantee for these and this only one model of democracy there is over freedom, equality, human rights, diversity, free votes for all.

This is why I give you my solidarity and stand with you on the right side of history in your cause for democracy and equality. I wish you the best and a successful summit. Thank you.

NCRI’s Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Discusses His Thoughts on the Iranian Regime and the Threat of Their Overthrow

Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman of the NCRI’s Foreign Affairs Committee
Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman of the NCRI’s Foreign Affairs Committee

On June 19, Ebrahim Raisi was selected to take over the role as President of the Iranian regime from his predecessor Hassan Rouhani. Despite his appalling record of human rights abuses, Raisi, who was heavily involved in the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, was specifically chosen by the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in an effort to help consolidate power in Iran.

Raisi is currently sanctioned by the United States for his crimes against humanity, and international human rights organizations, such as Amnesty International, have been calling for decades for him to be held accountable for his crimes and face prosecution.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) posed questions to the chairman of their Foreign Affairs Committee, Mohammad Mohaddessin as to why Raisi was the chosen candidate, despite Khamenei knowing that his choice would further isolate the regime from the international community.

Mohaddessin explained that Khamenei was aware of the consequences, but was more concerned about the threat of uprisings toppling the regime. The worsening economic situation is Iran is the worst it’s ever been and the majority of the population are living in extreme poverty. The outrage of the Iranian people has reached an explosive level, with demands for regime change growing louder.

Mohaddessin said, “The Iranian society has reached a level of awareness that the only solution for meeting even the most basic challenges to improve living conditions is simply regime change. Thus, any social protest is rapidly dominated by political demands, with explicit calls for regime change.”

The NCRI asked, “Would Khamenei succeed in facing future uprisings and preventing his regime’s downfall through suppression?”

Mohaddessin responded saying that the conflict between the Iranian people and the regime will only worsen, and while the regime is adamant on cracking down on current protests, it will reach a stage where they will be unable to prevent uprisings from happening.

He said, “The clerical regime is staring at its imminent downfall and had no viable strategies other than ending the “reformism” or “moderation” theatrics. It now has to show its true nature. But the Iranian people have tested this regime and do not have the slightest illusion that the only solution is regime change.”

As the Covid-19 crisis in Iran is worsening day by day, the NCRI questioned, “The Iranian Resistance has underlined that Khamenei and his regime used the coronavirus to prevent uprisings. Have they been successful?”

Mohaddessin explained that Khamenei’s actions in the past two years have left the Iranian people defenseless against the pandemic. When Khamenei banned the import of reputable vaccines from America and Europe, this led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in Iran. This preventable situation is now another reason for the threat of future uprisings.

Mohaddessin said, “Khamenei intended to launch mass casualties by exploiting the coronavirus outbreak. He calculated that if the coronavirus could result in mass casualties, people would naturally be disillusioned, and no one would have the energy to rise up against the regime. Thus, there would be an atmosphere of despair and hopelessness in society.”

What Khamenei could not predict was the activities of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and their Resistance Units, who have ‘kept the flames of resistance alight in every arena’ and helped Iranian society to fight for their rights and stand up to the regime and their misdeeds and rotten policies.

Mohaddessin said, “They have inspired younger generations of Iranians to continue the MEK’s path despite the regime’s attempts to prevent them from discovering the MEK’s genuine message, and despite the regime’s demonization campaign against the MEK.”

Iranian Regime Fear Society as Economic and Social Crises Feed Frustrations

As the economic and social crises in Iran worsen day by day, the Iranian people are becoming increasingly frustrated with the situation and the Iranian regime and are on the verge of exploding into nationwide uprisings. Iran’s state media have stated that as the inflation rates rise, income inequality widens and unemployment levels worsen, society is being pushed further into poverty.
Tens of millions of Iranians live below the poverty line, but the mullahs’ regime continues to plunder Iran’s assets for its terrorist purposes, in addition to the massive corruption of its officials. This situation has often led to widespread popular uprisings against the regime.

As the economic and social crises in Iran worsen day by day, the Iranian people are becoming increasingly frustrated with the situation and the Iranian regime and are on the verge of exploding into nationwide uprisings. Iran’s state media have stated that as the inflation rates rise, income inequality widens and unemployment levels worsen, society is being pushed further into poverty.

The Setareh Sobh daily said that the main cause of poverty in Iran is the skyrocketing inflation rates, which has seen prices jump from 55% to more than 100%. They also discussed how the increased inflation is a result of the regime printing banknotes in order to compensate for their budget deficit, and that the high rates of unemployment in Iran are due to the devaluation of the country’s currency.

They said, “Banknote printing increased the liquidity rate, and since the high volume of liquidity was much higher than the country’s production rate, the inflation rate increased dramatically.”

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “Due to the rising inflation rate and skyrocketing prices, people hardly make ends meet.”

The state-run Hamdeli daily wrote on Tuesday that psychologically, the Iranian society is becoming increasingly restless and angry. They said that according to Ali Asadi, the deputy director of the Ministry of Health’s Office of Mental Health, Social Affairs and Addiction, the amount of people in Iran struggling with mental disorders is around 15 million. Of those suffering, he said that 25% of people suffer from mental disorders, that 60% of people do not realise they have a mental illness and 40% refuse to see a doctor about their issues, despite realising that there is a problem.

Hamdeli said, “Recently, the Iranian Student Opinion Polling Center (ISPA) published the results of a poll that showed that about 59% of citizens have no hope for a better future for the country. In this poll, 28.8% also believed that the situation in the country will be worse next year.”

The NCRI said, “The rising number of suicides in Iran is a testament to the Iranian people’s unhappy life under the mullahs’ regime. The ongoing social and economic crises have indeed increased the people’s anger toward the regime.”

Mohammad Hassan Asafari, an MP within the regime, spoke out on Sunday, acknowledging that the ‘army of unemployed youth’ is a threat towards the regime and their system. He warned that the educated youths who have top degrees and qualifications but have yet to find suitable work are a threat to the country ‘if the parliament and the government fail to address this issue’.

The state-run Arman daily echoed the regime’s fear that the restless society will soon erupt and that the oppressive measures taken by the regime to subdue them will no longer work.

They said, “Officials should accept that people live in the heart of society. Therefore, they feel the existing realities with their skin, flesh, and bones and of course, their five senses. They know they will become poorer over time.”