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Iran: Civil Disobedience and Conflict With the State Norms

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Corruption and fear of the people’s fury and protests are factors that Iranian officials and state media are warning each other about daily. The ruling factions blame each other for the spread of the coronavirus warning about the consequences of such an inhuman policy, not considering the necessary resources for the vaccination of the people.

The state-run daily Arman in an article with the title, “Do not blame people in crises” on April 18, warned the state about the consequences of its policy on the coronavirus and wrote: “’When the class gap expands so much that even mountains and hills are unable to fill it, how can we talk about the confrontation of life and bread?

“Civil disobedience and abnormalities are the main products of economic pressures in society, and we must also pay attention to the logical point that people‘s patience has its limits.” (Arman, April 18, 2021)

“Not trusting people” is the title of one the articles of the Jahan-e-Sanat daily, which pointed to the hollow promises of the government about the coronavirus and wrote: “This has made people angry about the current situation. When a spark hits these people, they enter the field with the utmost violence, and then the people become uncontrollable.” (Jahan-e-Sanat, April 18, 2021)

Then the state-run daily Resalat dashes cold water of the government’s fake hope and wrote: “We will fail in the face of coronavirus, and the fate of the vaccines we need will be unknown.” (Resalat, April 18, 2021)

Other factors like the social and economic crisis are causes for concern for the government affiliates too, warning each other, which is uncomplimentary confess about their institutional corruption.

“The reasons for the endless cycle of underdevelopment” is the title of one these warnings an article in the Iran daily, which is belonging to the president’s faction, attacked the rival faction and wrote: “they (Supreme leader’s faction) have converted the political wings of Iran to soup kitchen, then warned: “This is the path that will lead to a very dangerous impasse.” (Iran daily, April 18, 2021)

“I wish we did not have mines” is the title of an article in the Mostagel daily pointing to one of the corruption cases and wrote: “The government receives about $400 trillion a year in pre-mining revenue without spending a return on mining protection or beneficiary villagers.” (Mostagel, April 18, 2021)

“The stock market seeks to build trust” is another article pointing corruption written the state-run daily Vatan-e-Emrooz who wrote: “The government earned about 2000 trillion tomans by selling two negotiable investment funds called ‘Dara One’ and ‘Palayesh One’. The government also earned about 1700 trillion tomans from the tax on stock transfers. These figures show that the capital market in 2020, if not favorable for real shareholders, was sweet for the government.” (Vatan-e-Emrooz, April 18, 2021)

The state-run daily Setareh-e-Sohb analyzed the root of the government’s corruption and wrote: “The country’s economy has been a victim of the country’s oligarchy for the past few decades, and now the government is in the service of the same oligarchy’s pocket, and if this path and trend does not change, Iran’s situation will worsen in the future.” (Setareh-e-Sohb, April 18, 2021)

The state-run daily Etemad also warns of years of looting from the pockets of the people, citing ‘sociologists, economists, politicians and economic activists’ within the system and wrote: “The increasing and continuous decline of the purchasing power of the citizens is like a time bomb, and if we do not neutralize it at the right time, we do not know how much damage it will cause to the (system) with its explosion.” (Etemad, April 18, 2021)

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