Iran: Different Sectors Of Society Continue Street Protests – OpEd
Iran’s nationwide uprising is witnessing its 193rd day on Monday as people from different strata are taking to the streets to voice their woes and grievances. Retirees and pensioners in Shush and Ahvaz protested their hardships as prices are skyrocketing and their wages remaining extremely low. Taxi drivers and various investors in other cities were also protesting by going on strike and/or holding protests demanding better conditions and their stolen money returned.
People throughout the country are specifically holding the mullahs’ Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei responsible for their miseries, while also condemning the oppressive the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and paramilitary Basij units, alongside other security units that are on the ground suppressing the peaceful demonstrators.
Protests in Iran have to this day expanded to at least 282 cities. Over 750 people have been killed and more than 30,000 are arrested by the regime’s forces, according to sources of Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). The names of 664 killed protesters have been published by the PMOI/MEK.
Mechanic technicians in the industrial complex of Baneh, a city in Kurdistan Province, western Iran, went on strike and held a gathering on Monday protesting the rising rent prices for their stores.
Residents of Tehran’s Shahrak-e Bagheri district were chanting anti-regime slogans on Sunday night, including “We swear on the blood of our compatriots that we stand to the end!”
On Sunday morning, retirees and pensioners of the regime’s Social Security Organization in Shush, southwest Iran, rallied outside the local governor’s office protesting high prices, inflation, low pensions, and other economic woes. Similar protests were held in Ahvaz, the provincial capital of Khuzestan.
Pensioners and retirees are among the worst-hit segments of Iran’s society. They depend on government stipends to make ends meet, but the regime has refused to increase their pensions in correspondence with growing inflation and the depreciation of the national currency.
The government has long provided many hollow promises of increasing pensions. It was also supposed to settle unpaid pensions remaining from previous years. So far, it has yet to deliver on both demands.
Interestingly, the regime’s own media reported that The Social Security Investment Company (SHASTA), the financial institution that is supposed to fund retirees, has seen a significant increase in its profits in the past years. However, these profits have yet to materialize in the lives of pensioners and retirees.
In Tehran, investors of the King Money institution held a rally outside the regime’s judiciary on Sunday demanding their stolen money to be returned.
Teachers and educators in Saqqez of Kurdistan Province rallied outside the local Education Dept. on Sunday demanding the release of one of their apprehended colleagues.
Iranian opposition coalition NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi reiterated the determination of the Iranian people to continue their anti-regime campaign and revolution against the mullahs’ regime in its entirety with the objective of establishing freedom, democracy, and human rights in a secular republic across Iran.
“This year, once again, the people of Iran have left behind the regression and archaism, and the tyrannies of both the sheikh and the shah in the cold and darkness of winter and, with a fighting spirit and a revolutionary fervor, are moving towards the gateway of spring,” the NCRI President-elect underscored.
The protests in Iran began following the death of Mahsa Amini. Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, a 22-year-old woman from the city of Saqqez in Kurdistan Province, western Iran, who traveled to Tehran with her family, was arrested on Tuesday, September 13, at the entry of Haqqani Highway by the regime’s so-called “Guidance Patrol” and transferred to the “Moral Security” agency.
She was brutally beaten by the morality police and died of her wounds in a Tehran hospital on September 16. The event triggered protests that quickly spread across Iran and rekindled the people’s desire to overthrow the regime.
Mahmoud Hakamian writes for PMOI/MEK, which published this article