NCRI - In Iran economic inequality and class divisions has reached a point that many economic experts have literally divided all people into those who possess property and those who truly don’t possess any property at all. As a result, Iran has no middle class.
“Published statistics show that in recent years the financial power of the rich has increased in comparison to the power of the poor, under a variety of indexes,” according to the state-run Tasnim news agency.
The urban rich class’ spending for food has increased from 4.29 times more in 2013 to 4.77 times more in 2015.
The rural rich class’ spending for food has increased from 7.22 times more in 2013 to 8.11 times more in 2015.
The urban rich class’ spending for non-food has increased from 14.08 times more in 2013 to 14.16 times more in 2015.
The rural rich class’ spending for food has increased from 17.38 times more in 2013 to 17.77 times more in 2015.
“The statistics provided by the government must be recalculated… they are changing the coefficients. However, the truth of our society shows how class divides are increasing,” said Ebrahim Razaqi, known to be the expert of economics in Tehran University.
Sadegh Zibakalm, a member of Rouhani’s camp and described as an expert of political science, said corruption in Iran is far worse than in other countries.
“The class division, in comparison to the United States, Japan and Guinea Bissau, is far worse in Iran, and it cannot be compared to capitalist countries,” he said.
Saeed Leilaz, a political and economic analyst of Rouhani’s faction, also said Iran’s economy is second in corrupt only to that of Iraq.
“The fourth crisis is the increasing rift between Iran’s classes, reaching one of the worst conditions in Iran’s history,” he said.
Class divisions in Iran is seen in the extreme poverty and people being forced to live in city outskirt areas. In other words, the lives of the poor in Iran provides a far more clearer picture of the massive wealth enjoyed by the Iranian regime officials, and the poverty suffered by the majority.
A worker earns 161 times less than a member of a board of directors in Iran under the mullahs’ rule.
This phenomenon has resulted in Iran’s poor population staging more and more rallies and demonstrations voicing their protests.