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Videos: Pensioners Across Iran Protest Government 'Deceit'

June 7, 2022
OstanWire
Retirees took to the streets in at least 16 cities on Monday to protest against the cost of living crisis
Retirees took to the streets in at least 16 cities on Monday to protest against the cost of living crisis
On Sunday the government announced an increase to social security payments would be almost 30 percent less than expected
On Sunday the government announced an increase to social security payments would be almost 30 percent less than expected
Several pensioners were reportedly arrested in the capital. In Shiraz, marchers held up empty tablecloths to symbolize their subsidence issues
Several pensioners were reportedly arrested in the capital. In Shiraz, marchers held up empty tablecloths to symbolize their subsidence issues

Iranian pensioners and retirees marched through the streets in at least 16 cities on Monday to highlight their dire living conditions after a government decision not to increase monthly payments in line with inflation

Some of the biggest protests took place in front of administrative buildings in Tehran, Mashhad, Isfahan, Shiraz, Karaj, Arak, Tabriz, Ahvaz, Mashad, Shush and Shushtar. Several people were reportedly arrested by security forces in the capital and taken away in vans, while security forces tried to break up rallies in front of the Planning and Budget Organization.

On Sunday, June 5, the cabinet decided to increase the social security payments to non-minimum-wage retirees by just 10 percent. Previously, even the Supreme Labor Council had stipulated that the increase should be at least 38 percent.

Among the chants heard at several of the rallies was "Death to a deceitful government". In Shiraz, protesters held empty tablecloths aloft as a symbol of the subsidence crisis. In Tabriz, a number of non-retirees joined the crowd.

In Ahvaz, the capital of Khuzestan province, which is still reeling from the collapse of the Metropol building in Abadan last month, people chanted the new but already ubiquitous slogan: "Today is a day of mourning". 

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