There have been numerous protests in Iran in recent weeks. The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) has said that several social classes have been participating in the protests but that the driving force is once again because of economic issues.
Most of the major protests and uprisings that have taken place in Iran over the past few years have all been sparked off because of economic grievances, but it is immediately evident that it is not the only grievance. The people are utterly exasperated with the leadership of the country and they are desperate to see the regime collapse.
Oct. 11- Ahvaz, SW #Iran
Nurses gathered outside the Ahvaz Medical Sciences University to express their economic woes. They say their wages and benefits have decreased.
Medical workers are on the front lines of the life-threatening fight against #COVID19. #IranProtests pic.twitter.com/RU0wDpRpBm
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) October 11, 2020
Prices are rising all the time in Iran, and more and more people are struggling to afford even the most basic of goods such as bread and rice. The latest reports indicate that in the city of Tabriz, the price of bread has increased between 30 and 50 percent. Many bakeries have had to shut because they cannot access flour at an affordable price. As a result, protests have broken out in the city.
Railway workers went on strike at the beginning of the month in the province of Lorestan because of their withheld wages – something that many workers across the country have been experiencing.
— Iran Focus (@Iran_Focus) October 10, 2020
In the city of Izeh in the province of Khuzestan, kindergarten teachers rallied in front of the office of the General Directorate of Education to urge authorities to change their status from contract teachers to permanent employees.
And on the same day, medical workers gathered for the second day in front of the parliament building calling for a change to the status of their jobs and an increase in pay.
Farmers gathered in front of trade union offices, protesting against the regime’s planned price increases of agricultural products. These price rises are significant and will result in farmers losing significant income, especially because of the government’s set purchase prices of their products.
The internal network of the #MEK has called for a national day of commemoration on November 15th, the day the protests began across #Iran last year and those who were killed and arrested during the protests.#FreeIran2020 https://t.co/B8iqZclKH2 pic.twitter.com/FzNnKpxqKx
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) October 11, 2020
Workers of a sports facility in Zanjan also protested because of the wages that have been withheld for around six months.
The people of Iran are at the end of their tether. Instead of their situation improving, the people of Iran are faced with more and more hardships as time goes on. The regime knows that the people are at the end of their tether and it is very aware that another round of protests could easily turn into a major uprising that could push the regime one step closer to collapse.
Mourners for Iran's iconic singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian at Tehran's Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery line up for ritual prayers but face police in battle gear. This image gives you a sense of how badly Khamenei fears any gathering turning into #IranProtests against his regime #FreeIran pic.twitter.com/trShia3A2r
— M. Hanif Jazayeri (@HanifJazayeri) October 9, 2020
The state-run media outlets are reporting on the restlessness of society and are warning that another uprising is imminent. The Ebtekar publication wrote back in August that protests in Iran have “turned to struggle for survival” and that “when the movement of starving people begins, it could not be considered civil obedience”.
It very explicitly warned the regime that the situation needs to change dramatically and profoundly, otherwise “fire will be ignited” – one that would destroy the regime.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI): This regime is facing the anger and discontent of the vast majority of the people of Iran. You can hear families of thousands of those killed in recent protests, calling on Europe and the world to stand by them.
This regime is facing the anger and discontent of the vast majority of the people of #Iran. You can hear families of thousands of those killed in recent protests, calling on Europe and the world to stand by them. #IranProtestshttps://t.co/NhFzlKGcTO pic.twitter.com/5cG3mKHTr1
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) October 7, 2020