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Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Rises to 19,500 in 242 Cities

Over 19,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran-Iran Coronavirus Death Toll per PMOI MEK sources
Over 19,500 dead of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran-Iran Coronavirus Death Toll per PMOI MEK sources

Regime’s aid package to 3 million impoverished families is equivalent to 12 to 36 dollars

Maryam Rajavi: The token aid given by Khamenei and Rouhani to three million deprived families is less than a day’s salary of Iraqi and Afghan mercenaries of the terrorist Quds force. The insulting gesture reflects regime fear of an uprising Khamenei controls hundreds of billions of dollars of the nation’s wealth plundered by the IRGC and other major economic institutions and can easily pay the expenses of the impoverished so that they could be quarantined. 

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) announced on Monday, April 6, 2020, that the Coronavirus death toll has shockingly risen to 19,500 in 242 cities across Iran. The number of victims in Tehran is 2,430, Gilan 1,700, Isfahan 1,660, Mazandaran 1,630, Khuzestan 870, Golestan 860, Alborz 730, Zanjan 370, Fars 360, Qazvin 320, East Azerbaijan 315, Ilam 160, South Khorasan 55, and Hormozgan 42.

Rouhani’s criminal instructions to send people back to work have fueled infighting among the regime’s rival factions. The Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi,  pretending (to care about people’s health), used the opportunity to attack Hassan Rouhani,   saying: “Among all, the people’s health and well-being are what matters most, and in managing (the crisis), the priority must be given to that”!

Today, Ahmad Moradi, a parliament deputy, told the state-run Mehr News Agency, “When I read the president’s remarks about labeling Hormozgan a clear (virus-free) Province, two hypotheses came to my mind, one that he was given the wrong information, and second that he made the remarks intentionally and carelessly. I think the second option is closer to reality … The president’s decision and argument are wrong a hundred percent.”

Parvaneh Salahshouri, another member of the regime parliament, told Arman state-run daily, “In the parliament, we allocated $200 million to the Quds Force in one day. Undoubtedly, in the current situation, maintaining people’s health is more important than other issues.”

Meanwhile, today, the IRGC Brigadier General Ali Shamkhani, the Supreme National Security Council Secretary, said, “The false argument of ‘economy versus health’ should not stop us. Physicians and workers are the two main pillars of the strategy to overcome the crisis.” Shamkhani’s remarks show that decision to send people back to work has been made by the entirety of the regime, including Khamenei.

On another development, today, Nahid Tajedin, a member of the regime’s parliament, warned of the labor movement’s uprising in the aftermath of the Coronavirus crisis. She said, “Coronavirus economic losses are estimated at $30 billion … Our biggest concern is that the government’s efforts to keep more than 11 million contract workers employed would not be enough … resulting in new labor movements that will endanger our economic security.”

The state-run Jahan Sanat daily wrote, “Today, the country is on the brink of collapse, and social unrest is behind the Coronavirus. The primary priority of the system should be to save the lives of millions of people and then save the economy.”

In such a situation, Rouhani announced that for three million families who make up “the impoverished and deprived sectors … We have considered four aid packages from 200,000 to 600,000 tomans [equivalent to $12 to $36].” He added that a loan of one million to two million tomans [equivalent to 60 to 120 dollars] will be given to four million low-income families but would be deducted from their subsidies in the next 24 months!

The shameful aid package is being touted while Parviz Fattah, the head of the Mostazafan (Abased) Foundation, Parviz Fatah told the state tv that Qassem Soleimani received funds from his foundation to pay 1,500 a month to the members of the regime’s Afghan proxy group Fatemiyoun in Syria.

In the meantime, today, Khamenei approved the allocation of One billion Euros from the National Development Fund. This was in response to Rouhani’s request 11 days ago to deal with the pressing situation. However, this is only a fraction of hundreds of billions of dollars owned by organizations controlled by Khamenei.

Commenting on this decision, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said: The money meager aid by Khamenei and Rouhani to cover the massive blow by Coronavirus to three million deprived families is less than a day’s wage paid to Iraqi and Afghan mercenaries of the terrorist Quds force. The insulting gesture reflects the regime’s fear of an uprising. Khamenei and Rouhani have left millions of helpless Iranians without protection in the face of Coronavirus outbreak, while the wealth of the country controlled by the IRGC and its affiliates, the Mostazafan Foundation, The HQ to Execute Khomeini’s Order, Khomeini’s Relief Committee, the Martyrs Foundation, Astan-e Quds Razavi Fund, as well as other major economic organizations can easily pay the wages of workers, office employees and unemployed so that they can be quarantined.

Mrs. Rajavi added that people’s wealth usurped by corrupt mullahs must immediately be put at the disposal of the Iranian people.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

April 6, 2020

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