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Angry Protesters in Iran Block Raisi’s Provincial Visit Amidst Current Economic Crises

Reisi's provincial trips do not open any knot of the severe economic crisis in Iran.
Reisi’s provincial trips do not open any knot of the severe economic crisis in Iran.

President of the Iranian regime, Ebrahim Raisi was met with angry protesters during his visit to Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province last Friday, October 1, 2021. The group of enraged citizens protested his presence in the region and purposely delayed his entry into town by blocking his vehicle.

This isn’t the first trip of Raisi’s that has been met with uproar from locals. Trips to Ilam and Tabas in recent months featured hordes of people protesting in the streets, displaying their hatred of the regime and its president.

Protests across Iran have increased greatly in the last few years, mostly due to the economic pressures that Iranians have had to endure due to the regime’s widespread corruption. In the previous administration, under former president Hassan Rouhani, the economic crises deepened year after year and caused two major uprisings during his tenure, in 2018 and 2019.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “Raisi as the henchman of the 1988 massacre, is responsible for the execution of over 30,000 political prisoners, mostly members, and supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).”

When Raisi was sworn in as the new regime president in August, he put the blame on Rouhani for the economic crises, but has yet to take any action to resolve the issues faced by Iranian citizens to this day.

The state-run Arman daily wrote in their publication on September 28 that since the new administration came to power, no changes have been made to the prices of basic needs of society and as a result, those prices have continued to skyrocket.

Engineered statistics from the regime have suggested that the inflation rate in Iran has increased to 45.8% since Raisi was inaugurated as their president in August. The prices of the living costs for Iranian citizens have skyrocketed in the past three years alone, going from 40 million tomans per year in 2018, to above 63 million tomans this year.

The NCRI said, “The poverty line has reached 10 million tomans. With a salary of 4 million tomans, the Iranian workers can hardly cover 30% of their living costs. This could happen if they receive their delayed wages.”

In the last decade, official statistics have highlighted that the price of red meat has increased 12 times, and the price of one egg has now reached 2,000 tomans.

As Iranians continue to suffer, and the economic crises worsen day after day, people are taking to the streets to protest to highlight their outrage and try and bring about change. State media and regime officials have been warning the top leaders of popular protests, as they fear nationwide uprisings taking place.

Former MP for the regime, Soheila Jolodarzadeh spoke last Thursday saying, “There is a limit to people’s patience in the face of difficulties, and people can endure to some extent. When they observe that they have nothing to lose, they do not want us to allow them to protest.”

Raisi and his administration have yet to come up with solutions to combat the current crises. Meanwhile, some officials have suggested that the only remedy is to negotiate with other world powers and accept the terms of the international community.

The NCRI said, “Khamenei knows that this could be a temporary solution to the current crisis. But he knows that accepting another chalice of poison by stopping the regime’s terrorist activities or nuclear program would increase his regime’s infightings and losing power components.”

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