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Iran: Countdown and Alarm of Youth and Hunger People’s Riots

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“What the Ministry of Energy (i.e., Iran’s regime) has done to the people of my region, Genghis Khan did not do to Iran.”

No! Make no mistake! ‌ These are not the words of an Iranian dissident. The tragedy is so vast and deep that it has been expressed even by the regime’s officials and elements.

Referring to the performance of the regime’s Ministry of Energy in Chabahar, the lawmaker from this city, Moinuddin Saeedi, said: “What the Ministry of Energy has done to the people of my region, Genghis Khan did not do to Iran.”

The state-run website Rouydad 24, quoting this representative, who spoke about the dire situation in Sistan and Baluchestan province, especially in the south, and wrote: “For example, the village of Kamp, which is the largest village in the country, 5 km from Chabahar Free Zone, does not have even one meter of water piping.

“Therefore, the suffering of the people cannot be denied or ignored, because they have robbed the dreams and aspirations from the children of Sistan and Baluchestan. These are not things that can be erased or not seen.”

Moinuddin continued: “The information they give about the fuel porters of Sistan and Baluchistan is incorrect. Because most of this is organized in a way that people are not involved in, but when they want to deal with it, they have nothing to do with organized smuggle and they deal with the people.”

What this lawmaker is referring to is the organized smuggling of fuel by the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) forces which have been implemented with the pretext of the so-called “Razagh” plan and are smuggling fuel to Pakistan.

The remarks of this MP indicate the explosive situation in Sistan and Baluchistan province. People who are deprived of the minimum of life. Their children do not have a birth certificate, school, place to play, and even drink water. Baloch children do not have something that is called childhood in other countries. From the very beginning of life, they become familiar with the concept of pain and hunger and forget even fun and smiling.

Comparing the performance of the regime’s ministry with the Mongol invasion shows the intensity of the protest and anger that exists in that province and the MP’s fear that the situation would get out of control, which has forced him to acknowledge this fact in this way, even knowing that it may have consequences for him.

This situation is what state media are warning about on a daily basis. The state-run daily Mostaghel on October 18, 2021, wrote:

“We must prevent phenomena such as the riots of the unemployed and the hungry. The shrinking capacity of Iran’s economy, and consequently unemployment and inflation, and ultimately the shrinking of people’s baskets, is a warning to the country’s economic and political authorities. While the country’s manufacturing sector is at its weakest and much of the liquidity has gone towards currency and coin business, and many workers have become unemployed, a limited stratum still lives in prosperity.”

No doubt that this ‘limited strata’ which is living in prosperity are the regime’s officials and elements.

This daily recalled the November 2019 protests and warned the regime:

“Even the events of November did not cause a change in attitude in the way of governance or reform the country’s economic system. The resilience of young people and dissatisfied strata is limited, from that stage onwards, this group no longer sees any reason to remain silent and react. News of social damage, as well as reports of shrinking people’s baskets and the elimination of things like meat and poultry, are like a countdown and alarm.”

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