Hatred towards the Iranian ruling system has only increased due to the economic and social crises that the people have been battling over the past year, but rather than shy away from the truth, Iran’s state-run media are now admitting that these crises are caused by corruption and mishandling.
The ILNA News Agency wrote on April 16: “Until the last month of last year, inflation was rising. The shock therapy of the economy, which started from the beginning of 2018 until the last month of 2020, has accelerated rapidly and has drastically increased the minimum cost of living.”
The agency then quoted Iran’s Statistic Center as saying that goods have increased by 1.8% on average over the past month, with transport up 30% and basic foodstuffs up 25%.
But while the people live in poverty, those at the top of the governmental organisations are earning untold amounts, much more than the workers. In fact, while workers may earn $107, officials get over $1,000.
ILNA wrote: ”They do not have to worry about more expensive taxi rates or poultry prices. But workers have to always calculate the difference between their salaries, the inflation, and skyrocketing prices.”
And Mashreq News quoted Alireza Afshar, the head of the Soft War Institute of the Higher National Defense University, as saying that mismanagement has caused more economic problems than sanctions.
Of course, the Iranian people already know this. That’s why they chant “Our enemy is here, they lie when they say it is the US”.
After four decades of the mullahs’ rule, it is now clear that all Iranians opposed them, with the Jahan-e Sanat saying that “no one in Iran is satisfied” with the current ruling system and that the country is set for an explosion.
Even senior Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) commander Hamid Reza Jalaie-Pour said on April 16: “Our country is filled with dissatisfaction. They should be resolved, if not, they will condense, and there will be consequences for us.”
Jalaie-Pour also warned that the coming protests would far surpass those of 2018 and 2019, which shook the foundations of the clerical system in Iran.
He said: “We do not have a dialogue between the government and civil society. The consequences of revolutions are costly. This has created difficulties for the [system] in terms of legitimacy, participation, and efficiency.”
While the Etemad daily said that if people’s dissatisfactions and the issues within the system were not addressed then it will soon topple the ruling theocracy.