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Iran: For the Fourth Time in the Iranian New Year Retirees Protest in 23 Cities (19 Provinces)

NCRI logo“We will not vote again because we have not seen any justice,” “We share the same problems, join us”

Defrauded investors gather outside Tehran’s Stock Exchange, chant: “Down with Rouhani”

On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in their fourth nationwide gathering in the Persian new year (beginning March 20) against the clerical regime, retirees and pensioners protested against the poor living conditions, low wages, and high prices in Tehran and 22 other cities protested and called for a boycott of the upcoming sham presidential election.

Retirees and pensioners living in Tehran marched from the parliament towards the “Planning and Budget Organization” and chanted: “We share the same problems, join us,” “We will not vote anymore, we have not seen any justice,” and “We will not vote anymore, we have heard enough lies,” “Only by taking to the street we can obtain our rights,” “Our tables are empty, enough of oppression,” “Enough of empty promises, our tables are empty.”

In addition to Tehran, retirees held protest rallies in Karaj, Khorramabad, Arak, Mashhad, Ilam, Neyshabur, Kerman, Yazd, Qazvin, Kermanshah, Tabriz, Ahvaz, Bojnurd, Rasht, Behshahr, Shush, Shooshtar, Borujerd, Isfahan, Ardabil, Maku, and Shahroud in front of the Social Security offices. In most cities, the repressive State Security Force (SSF) surrounded the retirees to prevent others from joining them. They also prevented them from filming and photographing the rallies. In Kerman and Shush, retirees entered the Social Security building and chanted slogans against regime officials.

This morning, in another protest rally in front of Tehran’s Stock Exchange, the defrauded investors protested and chanted “Death to Rouhani” and “We will no longer vote; we have not seen any justice.”

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
April 14, 2021