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Iran: Mass street protest erupt in Tehran

mass protests again against the regime, the mullahs and the economic crisis
The bazaar is mostly closed still today and currency trading is
not happening at least in sight...
Cort

 http://www.marxist.com/mass-protest-erupt-in-tehran-oct-2012.htm

Iran: Mass street protest erupt in Tehran

Written by Hamid Alizadeh Wednesday, 03 October 2012

Today, October 3, 2012, thousands of people took to the streets in a
spontaneous demonstration around the Bazaar of Tehran. The protests spread
around the Bazaar, with people shouting slogans and wrecking a bank. The
protest was against the massive price hikes of the recent period, the
collapse of the Rial and the fact that the regime has chosen to completely
deny the existence of these problems.

The slogans being chanted were: "Let Syria go, think about us" "Don't be
afraid, we are all together" "Useless state, step down" "Shame on this
people-deceiving state". The protest clashed with the riot police who made
hundreds of arrests. Also yesterday there was a small protest of some
hundreds of people near the Tehran Bazaar.

In the second largest city of the country, Mashad, some groups also took
the streets in a militant protest that also ended in scuffles with the
police. The protests were against price hikes and demanded the downfall of
the regime.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ljg4TZktuKQ&feature=player_embedded

In the last year, since the introduction of the hardest sanctions by
western countries in Iran's history, inflation has sky-rocketed. Undercover
student researchers surveying 20 supermarkets and four government food
distribution centres in Tehran discovered that 10 basic foods had risen in
price by an average of 70% from March to July. In the meantime the Central
Bank, was until just a few weeks ago putting inflation at around 20
percent. Although they now put the figure at 29 percent this is still far
from the real situation.

[image: Pictures of todays
demo]< http://www.marxist.com/images/stories/iran/bazaardemooct2012.jpg>At
the same time and connected to the above, the Rial is experiencing a steep
fall. Yesterday the currency reached a record low of 36,100 to the dollar
in the free market, from about 34,200 at the close of business on Monday.
On Monday last week, it traded at about 24,600, while it stood at around
12,000 just a year and a half ago.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpKI0vZ6xI0&feature=player_embedded

The regime on the other hand has not expressed any official reactions. In
fact, they are even denying that there are serious problems. Ahmadinejad
said yesterday that this is a psychological war, but failed to address the
hardships that people feel in their stomachs. Iran is quickly sinking into
a deep crisis. In July thousands of people staged a spontaneous
demonstration in the city of Neyshabur over the price of chicken.
Unemployment and inflation are rising and enormous pressures are
accumulating under the surface. These protests are an anticipation of what
lies ahead.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74lTb9VLV8U&feature=player_embedded

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