Iranian regime’s art of rampant corruption

This footage shows massive numbers of angry and disillusioned Iranian citizens gathered in front of  the Iranian judiciary headquarters building in Tehran for a protest at the regime’s failure to curb endemic corruption and embezzlement following the failure of state-owned banks and finance houses which recently went into liquidation to  pay any compensation to savers; hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of Iranians, have lost all their money, in many cases their life savings in the escalating financial crisis.

Similar demonstrations are now being seen across Iran on a near-daily basis as angry savers demand compensation and lambast the regime for corruption and misappropriation of citizens’ money.

The regime has reacted in its customary fashion, with security forces launching brutal attacks on the protesters and arresting many in an effort to bully and intimidate the people into silence.

The protesters, including many women, can be seen here holding up placards and chanting anti-regime slogan. Some of the placards and banners condemn the Tehran regime’s intervention in Syria. Other chants and slogans demanding that Rouhani step down, with protesters asserting that the people have spent ten months knocking on every door of every regime official seeking an answer about what happened to their money, but have simply received lies in response.  Some of the other placards at the protest read, “You officials and the Central Bank head – please stop lying to us!” months so far for an answer about what happened to their money, receiving no response

Iranian economic expert Abdul Majid Sheikhi has accused Hassan Rouhani’s administration of failing to manage Iran’s economy, holding the government responsible for the worsening living conditions in the country, and warning of grave consequences if the issue is not effectively addressed.

“The government of Hassan Rouhani has not been able to present anything for the general economy and development projects in particular, and if we are to give a degree to the government on this subject, zero will be the level that is appropriate,” said Sheikhi.

Sheikhi continued:  “One of the main reasons for the Rouhani government’s economic failure is its dependence on the support and investment of foreign hostile countries in Iran, which has never been achieved.”

“We are facing a real economic crisis in the country that could expand, become more complicated and have political consequences in our society,” the prominent analyst added

The economic crisis is intensifying pressure on Rouhani’s administration, putting it a more than the usually difficult situation, with constant and swelling public protests adding to already high tensions over the latest US sanctions.  A general feeling of disillusionment amongst the public with all the political factions is growing as more workers at state-owned bodies which oversaw the unfolding economic crisis take strike action.

Meanwhile, a speech on the theft of citizens money by Iranian banks which was delivered by Mustafa Kawakibian  has upset a number of regime officials, with a member of the regime’s ‘Nation Security and Foreign Policy Committee, strongly condemning Rouhani administration’s lack of action in addressing this issue.

In the speech delivered on Friday, September 29, Kawakibian slammed the Rouhani government’s lack of help for the people left destitute in the bank closures.

“We did not make the [1979] revolution so as to dominate on the necks of people and steal their money by establishing financial institutions like the Caspian and the Samen al-Aima,” he told a large gathering last week in a Husseiniya [Shiite prayer hall] in Tehran.

“For months, protests have been escalating in Iranian cities without any interest from government officials in resolving this crisis,”   said Kawakibian, adding, “We have no confidence in the Central Bank’s claims about its move to resolve this crisis. The bank officials have promised to find a suitable solution over and over again, but we have not seen any tangible action.”