Iran’s retirees and Social Security pensioners held nationwide protests on Sunday, April 4, 2021 in 23 Iranian cities.
This was their first nationwide protests since the beginning of the Persian New Year, and women actively took part in them.
In protest to their dire living conditions, low salaries, and skyrocketing prices, they chanted:
We have heard a lot of lies, we won’t vote
Threats and repression are no longer effective
We did not see any justice, we will not vote
Our baskets are empty, enough with oppression
Parliament, government, enough with deception of the nation
The only way to break out of poverty is to take to the streets
The protests which echo the voice of all the people of Iran in addition to Tehran, were held in Arak, Ardabil, Isfahan, Ahvaz, Ilam, Khorramabad, Rasht, Sari, Sanandaj, Shiraz, Karaj, Kerman, Kermanshah, Gorgan, Qazvin, Mashhad, Yazd, Neyshabur, Shush, Shushtar, and Abhar outside the general departments of Social Security.
Referring to Iran’s honorable retirees and pensioners, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said: “Without fearing the regime’s threats and suppression, they have concluded that to break out of poverty, the only solution is taking to the streets and crying out their demands.”
She urged the nation and particularly Iran’s courageous youths to rise in solidarity and support the righteous demands of the arisen retirees and pensioners.