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Iran News in Brief – December 28, 2021

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UPDATE: 05:00 PM CET

Iran Regime’s MP: The unemployment rate is Challenging

Another issue is that wages are decreasing, causing many Iranians to quite simply quit their job that does not even come close to covering the cost of living

On Monday, Salman Zaker, an Iranian MP expressed fear of the growing unemployment rate in Iran. “Enough with promises. The unemployment rate is challenging and worrying. Promises wouldn’t resolve youths’ unemployment.”

Hojjat Abdulmaleki, Minister of Cooperatives, Labor and Social Welfare also confirmed Iran’s high rate of unemployment. “About 14 million people in Iran do not have decent jobs and we have 2.5 million unemployed people,” he said.

UPDATE: 11:10 AM CET

Nationwide protest by Iran’s Teachers on Tuesday

Reports obtained by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) from Iran indicate retired teachers held protests in dozen cities across Iran on Tuesday. They are protesting poor living conditions and demand adequate pensions. Teachers were heard chanting: “High prices and inflation are killing the people!”


UPDATE: 08:30 AM CET

Iran State Media Warns Officials of a “War”

The state-run Etemad daily published an article on Monday, “The war between the rich and poor.” This article acknowledges the dramatic class difference between the majority of Iranians and very few regime-affiliates who enjoy luxurious lives.

“Unfortunately, in our society, the gap between the rich and poor is widening daily. If someone claims that we are moving towards a completely bipolar society with incredible speed, no one can reject this claim,” the article reads.

“About 40 million people in the country need immediate help. Unlike the middle class, the poor either live in silence or we can hear their sudden shouts [slogans] on the streets,” the article reads, adding, “The increasing social protests indicate how rapidly people from the middle class are becoming poor.”

Etemad daily warned regime officials that if they do not find a solution to Iran’s current economic and social crises the poor would set “the [ruling] oligarchy’s castles” on fire.

Iran’s New Fuel Distribution Plan Can Strike an Economic Crisis

State media: Millions of Iranians can’t afford basic goods—Iran news

Iran’s regime is preparing to limit subsidized fuel rations for millions of Iranians.

According to a new plan being tested in some parts of Iran, citizens will be allocated 15 liters of subsidized gasoline per month. This will significantly reduce the amount of subsidized fuel car owners across Iran will receive per month. They will have to buy the rest at market prices, which are at least double the price of subsidized fuel.

The new plan will have a ripple effect in other markets and trigger a dramatic increase in the price of basic goods. The plan is currently being tested in Qeshm and Kish islands, to be expanded to other parts of Iran.

Iran: Retirees Resume Protests in Several Cities

Retirees and pensioners of the Steel Fund held rallies in several cities across Iran on Sunday, protesting poor living conditions, low wages, and the regime’s lack of response to their demands. Protests rallies were reported in Tehran, Ahvaz, Kermanshah, Damghan, and Isfahan, among other cities.

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Iran: Coronavirus Death Toll Exceeds 492,700

The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) announced on Monday, December 27, 2021, that the COVID-19 death toll in 547 cities is more than 492,700. In Tehran the number of victims has reached 115,250, Isfahan 34,005, Fars 18,580, West Azerbaijan 18,573, East Azerbaijan 17,033, Alborz 14,408, Qom 13,270, Central Province 8,968, Semnan 6,505, Qazvin 5,759, and Bushehr 5,489.

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