The Iranian regime’s hypocrisy is astounding. Petty thieves in the country are often sentenced to amputations, whereas the biggest thieves – the regime’s officials that plunder the nation’s wealth at the expense of the people – are rewarded with more riches.
According to @IranRights_org from 2000 to 2020, Iran sentenced at least 237 people to #amputation and carried at least 129 amputations. The victims are overwhelmingly from poor, vulnerable backgrounds. https://t.co/ad5cICahEx
— Raha Bahreini (@RahaBahreini) September 24, 2020
The economic situation in Iran is terrible and it is all because of the regime’s plundering and widespread corruption that has continued for decades. However, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani failed to face reality. They blame international sanctions. Last month, President Rouhani said that sanctions are preventing the country from being allowed to buy medication.
However, not all officials are going with this story and the following day several MPs told Rouhani he was wrong during a session in Parliament. Several even said that problems go back to the presidential palace.
Always remember how #Iran's regime spends money that belongs to the Iranian people:
Houthis—at least $360 mn/yr
Iraqi militias—$150 mn/yr
All the while, two thirds of Iran's society lives in povertypic.twitter.com/icjuLZcXlm
— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) July 25, 2020
The people also know that the economic problems lie with the leadership, and are not a result of economic sanctions. There are no sanctions on medical supplies and equipment, nor do they apply to food or agricultural goods.
Furthermore, there have been numerous protests over the past few years because of the economic situation in which the people blame the regime. Not sanctions.
The levels of corruption, embezzlement, and economic mismanagement are horrific. The people have suffered from huge levels of inflation, the rising cost of goods, and so on, and more and more people are falling into absolute poverty.
Some examples of the regime’s plundering, embezzlement, and corruption are hard to believe. For example, back in 2018, it was announced that during a period of 10 months, around $30 billion has gone missing.
#Iran's regime is funneling billions of dollars in support of terrorism abroad while tens of millions of Iranians suffer in poverty.
The Iranian opposition coalition NCRI had unveiled Tehran providing over $100 billion to maintain the Assad regime in power. pic.twitter.com/GcL750vYwq
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) October 20, 2018
The following year, the regime’s vice-president said that the whereabouts of $22 billion of foreign exchange resources are unknown. And a state-run media outlet reported the following month that approximately $18 billion had “vanished”. It said that most of this sum was allocated by the government to “some individuals” who sold currency in the open market for a huge profit.
Earlier this year, another state-run media outlet reported that Iran was asking the World Bank to give the country $5 billion, while at the same time $20 billion has just “disappeared” during “a major corruption scandal”.
And a few weeks later, the Sharq daily wrote that the regime’s foreign minister admitted that $35 billion had been given to “some individuals” but that it was unclear how the funds were “wasted” or where they ended up.
"It is very clear that poverty in Iran is the flip side of the coin of corrupt policies of the government and growing massive systematic embezzlement of government institutions."#Iran#Povertyhttps://t.co/e5UZWJ4JX9
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) December 2, 2018
In June, a state-run media outlet said that the Iranian President gave orders for over $36 billion to be given to “the bank of goods, currency, and drug trafficking”.
In August, another state-run media outlet said that “the distribution of dollars at the 420,000 rial rate and gold has caused the loss of $30 billion and 80 tons of gold”.
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, (PMOI / MEK) has reported that: due to the mullahs regime’s policies and conduct, such as spending an estimated $300 billion on its nuclear weapons program; providing over $100 billion to maintain the Assad regime in power, and plundering astronomical amounts of the nation’s wealth have become a common practice among the mullahs regime’s top officials who live a lavish life of luxury.”
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) June 7, 2020
This means that there has been a minimum of around $60 billion looted by the Iranian regime in just a few short years. The amount of money plundered could have made a huge difference in the lives of many in Iran. Several economic crises could have been avoided and the poverty level could have started to shrink.
While this is going on many Iranian families do not have the means to put enough food on the table, so everyone is suffering even to the point they are only just alive.
During the past few months, #NCRI and #MEK’s networks inside #Iran covered the news of protest movements, daily gatherings, and strikes of workers, farmers, teachers, pensioners, nurses, etc… MEK resistance units played an important role to form and direct those growing protests pic.twitter.com/JZVUSYE2qn
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) September 30, 2020
Now, the majority of the people live in poverty, facing high-prices, unemployment, and displacement, while officials say the number of people who spend their nights on roofs, cars, graves, and caves is increasing in alarming fashion.
In response to this situation, people have no other option but to resist a decent and better life. People’s Mojahedin Organization (PMOI / MEK Iran) and MEK resistance units are mobilizing people to restore their rights.