Over the past years Iran’s incurable crises have led to increased protests, and every new year the regime is facing new social crises.
Among these protests, we can point to the major social protests and movements like the one by residents of Sistan and Baluchestan Province or the water rights, protests of the people of the Khuzestan, or the protests of the people of Isfahan with the same goal demanding their water rights which have been usurped by the regime’s officials and industries working for the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC).
Each of them has been a huge shock to the regime because after the protests of November 2019 every small movement can change rapidly to a nationwide struggle against the regime.
While all the protests have roots in the dire social and economic situation, the regime tries hopelessly to connect them to the artificial enemies and ill-wishing hands from aboard.
This is so ridiculous that even state media is mocking such statements made mostly by the so-called Friday Prayers leaders and government experts in TV shows.
In an interview with the Hamdeli newspaper on January 8, 2022, a former Interior Ministry official said: “Protests are a natural matter, and because it comes from the real conditions that people live with. Social protests in the new generation quickly take on a political and security scent.”
Since the protests in 2009, the regime tries tries very hard to minimize the political orientation of these protests, but to no avail.
Therefore, government officials and state media are forced to confess about these mega-challenges that emanate from the regime’s corrupt political and economic structure.
In an interview with the state TV Channel 2, on January 7, regime expert Hossein Raghfar said: “We are in a crisis right now, and our concern should be to get out of this crisis.
“All the policies that this 13th government is presenting are based on the fact that we don’t have a crisis. We have to accept that we have this crisis. Unfortunately, these solutions are tailored to a normal situation, whereas our current situation is unusual.”
In such circumstances, all the regime’s economic solutions are stagnated, and poverty is crushing most of the people.
The expansion of poverty has reached a stage that according to another expert of the regime Mohammad Reza Mahboubfar, “The growth of poverty in Iran has entered a new phase.” He told the state-run website Eghtesad-e Pooya on January 8, “The current rate of poverty in the country has been unprecedented in the last 100 years, and over the past three years the population has doubled under the risk of poverty.”
A reality that, according to the state-run daily Mostaghel on January 8, “will create huge and fatal crises,” and “if it is not treated at the right time, the consequences will be difficult for any person in the society and the responsible institutions.”
In a TV show on January 6, 2022, Abdolreza Mesri, the regime’s former Minister of Labor, admitted that “there’s a serious crisis on the way, much more serious than some people think.”
The fact is that amid the crises facing the country and the people, the socio-economic crisis has a special place, which increases and expands protest movements throughout the country.
However, the mullahs’ regime and its repressive forces cannot end these protests, because when they suppress one protest, immediately and new group or sector starts its protest for various political, economic, and social reasons.
This situation is due to the explosive conditions of society and increasing crises, reflected in the media and statements made by officials.