By Iran Probe Staff
Friday, 29 June 2018
Exasperated merchants and small business owners in Tehran’s bazar have gone on strike
Two weeks ago, in Iran, the dollar was being offered for as much as 87,000 Iranian Rials, compared to around 75,500 a few days before that. Today Iranians have to pay as much as 100.000 Rials for a Dollar. Continuous changes in price of Dollar, particularly an increase of 12.000 Rials only in two or three days, is an indication of a catastrophic economy. This is not a normal procedure of changes in the rate of foreign currencies. In fact this is one way Ayatollahs earn money they need to keep on funding their terrorist proxies in regional countries, as well as maintaining the savage suppression inside.
An expensive dollar makes the daily trade very costly. Unable to do their routine business, exasperated merchants and small business owners in Tehran’s bazar have gone on strike. Apart from imposed taxes and other duties, they have also to pay a fortune for the goods they import from abroad. Shop owners in bazars of other cities such as Meshed, Isfahan and Qeshm have also joined the strike. Like other protests in Iran slogans soon turned against the government and the insufficiency of the officials. Demonstrators gathered in front of parliament building where they confronted suppressive security forces.
As in all previous occasions, government’s response to people’s demands was quackery and suppression. Mullahs،, ridiculously, clamed demonstrators came from outside of bazar and forced shopkeepers to close their stalls. In a false report state news agency, Tasnim, wrote that demonstrators set fire on people’s properties. Jaafari, Tehran’s Attorney General called the demonstrations as sedition and told reporters that the “Islamic Republic” would stand full force against the insurgents.
Ali Fazli, director of Chamber of Small businesses, called the protests as “organized” and said, “Some apparent or hidden hands are trying to disturb bazar. The origin of these moves is outside bazar”. Sadiq Larijani, chief of Iran’s judiciary system even threatened that protesters may face execution. “Open your ears and listen, open your eyes, sabotage in country’s economic system has very severe punishment. It would even lead to death penalty if it turns to be” Efsad fel arz”-(total corruption).” Said Larijani.
Some shopkeepers in Tehran bazar who got engaged in clashes with the security forces described the situation, “For one hour we resisted against tear gas, plastic bullets and electric shockers. Some of us were injured. Security forces pushed us inside the mall and then threw tear gas inside. Mall was full of gas such that we could not see each other. Some of us fell into convulsion, we don’t know what happened to them. Some of us had blood on our clothes. The regime mercenaries came down from the roof and broke some of the windows. Government agent severely beat up even elderly people.” Mullahs Attorney General in Tehran said, “Those arrested during protests will stay in jail, just like those detained in January “.
Mullahs’ savagery against innocent people indicates that this regime fears most its own people. The recent mass uprising, last January, which covered more than 140 Iranian cities, was a heavy blow to the religious regime. Since then the Ayatollahs have, unsuccessfully, tried to curb the unrest, but unlike 2009, they are now facing an organised revolt which many believe will not cease till Ayatollahs are dumped and a new democratic government is formed.