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Protests Continue Across Iran Due To Harsh Economic Conditions and Mullahs’ Deal With China

According to reports tallied by the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), there have been several protests across Iran in recent days. These protests held amid the Covid-19 outbreak and, despite the regime’s oppression, show society’s explosiveness.

Protests erupted across Iran following the mullahs’ regime announced it had signed the disgraceful Iran-China deal, handing over Iran’s natural resources to China on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Iranians in different cities held protests against the Iran-China deal for the third consecutive day.

These protests were held in Tehran, Kazeroun, Kermanshah, and other cities.

On Monday and Tuesday, Iranians held protests in front of the regime’s Parliament in Tehran and in front of the regime’s governorates in different cities across Iran. The protesters chanted, “Iran is not for sale,” “Death to those who are selling out our homeland,” and “We will fight, we will die, we will take back Iran.”

According to this agreement, the Iranian regime will give large economic concessions to China in a bid to secure its fragile grip on power by clinging to world power.

“From the beginning of the revolution, we thought that because Iran was rich, this wealth should be used for political and security purposes, and the revolution should be exported. As a result, Iran’s economy has always been at the service of politics and security. These two misconceptions have led the value of the national currency to free fall in the face of sanctions. Due to the lack of strong economic structures, other parameters have also fallen, and innocent people are under the pressure of domestic mismanagement and large-scale embezzlements. The middle-class families have fallen under the poverty line,” wrote the state-run Arman daily on Saturday in this regard.

“There is not a document based on which [the public] judgments can be analyzed. Unfortunately, in such circumstances, the Foreign Minister’s Assistant has added to the speculation by saying that it is not necessary to publish the document. This issue shows officials have not learned from incidents like increasing the fuel price [which caused the November 2019 uprising], and [keeping the deal a secret] will further incite the public opinion,” wrote the state-run Arman daily on Wednesday, fearing that this agreement could cause another uprising, like the one in November 2019.

Other protests

Reports by the MEK indicate there have been protests by different walks of life across Iran in recent days due to the harsh living conditions.

In southwest Iran, workers of Kut Abdollah held a rally on Wednesday in front of Khuzestan’s governorate, demanding their delayed wages and bonuses. These workers have not received their salaries for months, while the Persian New Year started on March 20.

تجمع اعتراضی کارگران شهرداری کوت‌عبدالله مقابل استانداری خوزستان

On Sunday, workers at Haft Tappeh’ Sugarcane Factory’s pest control unit staged a protest in front of the company’s security office for the second day. They protested the reduction of contract times, not having new contracts, and the dismissal of company workers.

A group of workers in the Ahvaz Water and Wastewater Department held a rally on Saturday demanding their delayed wages. The workers said: “The salaries of about 700 workers of the Ahvaz Water and Wastewater Department have not been paid for two months, and we have repeatedly demanded our wages in these difficult conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

On Saturday, a group of poultry farmers held a rally in front of the Agricultural Organization in Ahvaz, southwest Iran.

Iranian workers are deprived of their basic rights, such as salary and job security, while Iran’s economic crisis worsens in the New Persian Year of 1400. “Currently, Iranian families have to endure over 30% of the inflation rate. Economists not only predict a positive economic incline in Iran, but they also believe the inflation rate will be 30% or even more,” wrote the state-run Tejaratnews on Monday.