IRAN: Retirees in Tehran Protest in Front of the Parliament
By Shamsi Saadati
Iranian retirees held a protest outside the Iranian regime’s Majlis (Parliament) in Tehran on Tuesday over inadequate pensions.
It was the second major protest by retirees in recent days.
The protesters chanted:
“End the warmongering, think about us.”
“Retirees will not live in shame.”
“Political prisoner must be freed.”
“Our enemy is right here; they are lying when they say it’s the US.”
While Iran’s economic situation continues to deteriorate, the regime is doing nothing to help protect the retirees’ livelihoods against rising prices and declining purchase power.
In the past year, the rial, Iran’s national currency, has lost most of its value. However, retired government employees continue to receive their pensions based on past rates that don’t take inflation rates into account. This has made it extremely hard for them to respond to their most basic needs.
The protest by the retirees of various communities, including teachers, are taking place while the number of corruption cases with the involvement of regime officials has increased.