On Saturday and Sunday, Iran’s state media were filled with warnings about a restive society and amplifying social and economic crises.
Iran is going through its darkest era. Thousands of people are dying daily due to novel coronavirus. The country experiences new Covid-19 waves one after another. The Iranian regime delayed the general vaccination, increasing the Covid-19’s infection and mortality rate. Tehran has also been using less effective and unapproved vaccines with various side effects.
“The state has claimed that 47% of the country’s population have received two doses of vaccine and 75% have received their first dose. Sadly, the citizens’ reports from different cities and villages indicate the available vaccines are not effective due to the new mutations of the virus and an increasing number of patients,” wrote the state-run Arman-e Meli newspaper on October 30.
Many health experts now warn that with the coming winter and the spread of flu and influenza, the number of Covid-19 infections in Iran could increase, leading to more deaths.
“The combination of coronavirus and influenza in the society is very worrying, especially now that the weather is cold and we have air pollution which helps the coronavirus and influenza and causes a widespread wave of both diseases in the country,” Arman-e Meli added.
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Iran’s economy is plagued with corruption and embezzlement. People can hardly make their ends meet while Tehran continues funding its terrorist proxy groups.
“According to Iran’s statistic center, the inflation rate of the whole country in October was 45.4% while this rate fluctuates. Rice, sugar, and meat prices in September have increased between 28.4 to 71.6 percent. Sugar had the largest price increase,” wrote the state-run Mardom Salarie daily on October 31.
“It is noteworthy that in the recent month, the minimum cost of living for a family of four was announced as 10 million Tomans, and another source stated that the poverty line was around 10 million Tomans. This means that all those who earn less than 10 million tomans per month are considered poor,” Arman-e Meli acknowledged the deplorable condition of many Iranian households.
It is worth noting that Iranian workers’ and employees’ salaries are around 4 million tomans. Yet, the regime authorities delay paying salaries. Thus, as Arman-e Meli warned the rampant poverty had increased society’s restiveness.
“We warn that if officials do not take necessary actions to counter the current situation through a joint task with economic experts, we would not be able to get off this crisis easily,” Arman-e Meli wrote. Many Iranian newspapers repeated this warning on October 30 and 31.
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“The political system in Iran has been facing the crises of political legitimacy, economic efficiency, and structural corruption for many years,” the state-run Mostaghel daily wrote on October 30.
“Therefore, the continuation of the current situation is impossible, and the system will sooner or later need to reform macro-structures and strategies,” Mostaghel daily acknowledged while warning, “It is certain that without social organizations and a dominant discourse, social change will take no other path than the collapse of the political system.”
“Currently, the state that emerged from the revolution has no economic and political freedom or independence. There is almost nothing left of the republic and the Islamic wings of the system,” Mostaghel daily adds.
While referring to Iran’s increasing inflation rate, the state-run Hamdeli daily on Saturday warned about the “bitter social unrests.”
Hamdeli wrote: “The high inflation rate of 58% in the country, which has been the highest level of inflation since the 1940s, is so alarming that social thermometers indicate crises are on the horizon. Reports from society confirm the severity of crises and underline that if this economic deficit continues and intensifies, there would be widespread social anger. This would result in bitter social unrests.”
“When people are unable to meet their basic needs, they join the impoverished social classes. When the impoverished classes grow too large, millions will have nothing to lose and resort to violence. This would certainly endanger the system’s security,” Aftab-e Yazd daily warned on October 31.
Despite what many so-called political experts claim, Iran’s ongoing social and economic crises show the regime’s weakness. As Aftab-e Yazd warned, “As more people join the improvised classes,” the regime’s security “would be disrupted.”