In an October 23 public Parliament session, members of the Iranian Parliament addressed the Iranian government, acknowledging the many calamities that the government was facing. Parliament members were especially concerned that all the social issues and poverty would put the Iranian people more at odds with the government.
An MP from Mehriz in Yazd Province brought up the issue of widespread poverty in Iran.
“The people really have problems. The price of some goods has increased four or five fold. It is intolerable. I know that officials and us feel this less (than the people) but this is really too much for the people,” Mohammad-Reza Sabaghian.
“The government only promises ‘support packages’ which has really turned into a joke for the people. When will you solve these issues? It’s been months that the people are under pressure,” he added.
Another Iranian Parliament member from Marivan in the western province of Kurdistan urged the government to stop killing Kurd porters, who carried heavy loads on their backs to make money.
“I address the respectable President and Minister from here and tell them to order the cessation of the killing of porters as soon as possible,” Mansour Moradi said.
“Under such economic conditions and in light of the unemployment in Kurdish areas, the continuation of the killing of deprived innocent porters is not excusable and will lead to the deepening of the rift between the people and the system,” he added.
Every year, hundreds of unarmed porters are killed or injured by Iranian security forces near the western borders of Iran mainly in the provinces of Kurdistan, West Azerbaijan and Kermanshah. Much of the local economy in Iran’s predominantly Kurdish region relies on such trade.
Another Iranian Parliament member who represents three cities in Mazandaran Province said that the current economic conditions were the product of government mismanagement.
“The extent of inflation, the implementation structure, the dramatic increase of current costs, and the structure of banks and financial institutions have nothing to do with sanctions; Economic corruption has nothing to do with sanctions,” Abdollah Razian said.
“The exchange rate price is an excuse for taking advantage of high prices and services,” he said adding that all this had added to the people’s severe distrust of the government.