They chanted: “We have heard too many lies, we will no longer vote; We have not seen any justice, we will no longer vote; to overcome empty plates, we must take to the streets.”
On Wednesday, April 7, 2021, retirees and pensioners gathered in Tehran and 24 other cities in the second nationwide protest rally in the new year against their dire living conditions, low wages, and high prices. They also held demonstrations in some cities. The retirees expressed their disgust with the entire clerical regime and chanted: “We have heard too many lies, we will no longer vote; We have not seen any justice, we will no longer vote; The imprisoned retirees (arrested for participating in previous rallies) must be released; Inflation, high prices, Rouhani must be held accountable; Shame on the government; We will not rest until we obtain our rights; Our tables are empty, enough of repression; Parliament, Government, stop deceiving the people; To overcome empty plates, we must take to the streets.”
In addition to Tehran, retirees in Sari, Ahvaz, Urmia, Qazvin, Karaj, Rasht, Khorramabad, Kerman, Ardabil, Shush, Andimeshk, Shooshtar, Tabriz, Ilam, Arak, Yazd, Abadan and Khorramshahr, Dezful, Isfahan, Kermanshah, Bojnurd, Shahroud, and Shiraz held a protest rally outside the local social security offices.
Following the retirees’ protest rallies three days ago, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), stated: The protests by the dignified retirees recurring nationwide with the chants to boycott the sham (presidential) election, reflects the cries of protests by all Iranians to obtain their pillaged rights by the mullahs’ usurper and corrupt regime. This regime has been squandering the national wealth and the fruit of workers’ labor through plunder, warmongering, nuclear and missile programs, and domestic suppression. Mrs. Rajavi urged all Iranians, especially the brave youths, to show solidarity for and support the retirees’ rightful demands. She added that as long as the mullahs’ dictatorship remains in power, unemployment, inflation, corruption, injustice, and class differences will exacerbate.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)
April 8, 2021