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Iran’s Crises Are Mullahs’ Fault, Say State Media

Poverty in Iran, despite its natural resources and strategic position in the region, is significant. 80% of Iran's population lives below the poverty line.
Poverty in Iran, despite its natural resources and strategic position in the region, is significant. 80% of Iran's population lives below the poverty line.

The state-run media in Iran is starting to admit that the social and economic crises faced by the population are down to mismanagement by the mullahs and the country is ready to explode in rebellion.

Mohammad Reza Mahboubfar, a regime sociologist, told the state-run Eghtesad-e Pooya daily that there is a “very rapid spread of poverty” in Iran.

He said: “Unfortunately, official statistics show that the poverty line in large cities is estimated to be at 10 million tomans, which means that poverty has spread in Iran. Poverty pervades society due to rising living costs, lack of proper business, and ultimately unemployment. Which causes many social phenomena.”

Mahboubfar advised that one of these phenomena is the rising number of families either selling their girls off or sending them to work. This, he said, showed that the middle class was now among the underprivileged and that 80% of the country live under the poverty line.

Of course, the regime wants to prevent anyone speaking about the widespread poverty in Iran, which is why they have arrested many citizen-journalists for exposing lies and suffering.

Mahboubfar said: “Instead of blaming the people who publish the videos and photos, we should solve the problems fundamentally.”

He said that the people of Iran are not satisfied with life as it is, which will lead to further uprisings; something that officials and the state-run media have been warning of since the November 2019 uprising, which began after a hike in fuel prices.

Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, told the state-run Vatan-e Emrooz  that the uprising was “a security crisis”, for which he blamed the government because they could have always not tripled fuel costs overnight. Of course, the warring factions of the regime are always attempting to blame the other side for anything they can.

The effects of the protest, and the subsequent crackdown that killed 1,500 people, were felt also in the  sham parliamentary elections last February that were widely boycotted.

The regime has since, in an attempt to regain control, initiated a coronavirus policy that basically let the virus run wild to the point that 229,000 people are now dead. Yet still, the mullahs refuse to buy the vaccine and insist on holding religious ceremonies with large groups.

All of this has led to more public support for the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in its struggle against the regime, as recently acknowledged by Iran’s state-run media.

“Why don’t they see that in the context of the livelihood crisis, a dangerous and sinister organization is taking root under the skin of the city? Do they not know that the MEK in its networks incites the poor youth to take radical actions against the entire system? When the waves of the discontent move and quickly turn out of expectation into a violent storm, there will be no sign [of the regime],” wrote the state-run Mardom Salari daily on Monday, warning Iran’s officials.