Iran: Government corruption, economic grievances, Covid outbreak trigger protests in several cities

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, May 8, 2021—On Saturday, a group of customers of the Azico vehicle manufacturer held a demonstration in front of the economic corruptions court of the Iranian regime in Tehran. The protesters are demanding the judiciary to investigate the corruption charges of this state-backed carmaker.

Azico has failed to deliver more than 4,000 vehicles that had been purchased in advance several years ago.

Under the corrupt rule of the mullahs, Iran’s vehicle manufacturing industry has declined considerably. Other car manufacturing companies like Iran Khodro and Saipa have also failed to deliver the purchases of their customers or have reneged on their promises of giving discounts to early buyers.

In Urmia, a group of creditors of the state-backed housing construction company gathered in front of the municipality offices and protested the government’s silence on their demands.

In Tehran, students of middle and high school in Nasim Shahr held a rally in front of the office of the education ministry, protesting the regime’s policy to hold in-person exams in this province. The families of the students joined their demonstration in support of their demands.

The students were chanting, “We don’t want in-person exams.”

Similar protests were held in Ilam, where the students demanded in-person exams to be cancelled.

It is worth noting that Iran is struggling with the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East, due in no small part to the regime’s destructive and criminal policies and its weak response. In such circumstances, sending students to densely packed schools to attend exams will endanger their health and further exacerbate the spread of the dangerous virus.

On Thursday, chicken farmers in Shiraz held a protest rally in front of the provincial governorate of Fars province. While the chicken farmers are struggling to sell their produce, the government has approved the construction of a large chicken farm owned by state-backed merchants. This will hurt the small farmers, who are already struggling to run their business in the continuously declining economic conditions.

“Mr. governor, Fars province has no shortage of chicken farms. Why are you approving a plan to build a new chicken farm? You are destroying a large part of the production capacity of chicken farmers,” one of their placards read.

“This was supposed to be the year of removing obstacles, not creating new ones,” another banner read.

“Instead of approving the construction of a new chicken farm by large capitalists, support the chicken farmers who have been driven broke by capitalists,” another banner read.

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