Iranian MP: What have we done that college students mock us?Published by International Liberty Association on March 3, 2017
During a talk at Shiraz University, deputy speaker of Iran’s parliament, Massoud Pezeshkian, said: “We have to see what we have done wrong that college students are mocking us today.”
He was talking about social ills In Iran and acknowledged that oppressive measures, poverty and unemployment are all on the rise in Iran.
During this talk on Wednesday night (1 March) he said: “Poverty, unemployment and economic corruption across the country is taking place due to weak measures by the officials, and if we had allowed everybody to speak their minds, the country would not be in its current situation.
“We shouldn’t be pointing fingers about the country’s problems. We ourselves have been the source of many problems, and the fact that we cannot face college students on campus and talk to them, it is our own mistakes and we have to see what we have done wrong that college students are mocking us today.
“It is our fault that it is not clear where $800 billion have disappeared, and it is due to weak governance that we are currently facing such problems. We shouldn’t be blaming the US or any other country. Were we asleep when all this embezzlement was taking place in the country? Where was the judiciary? We are the source of these problems, not the US.”
This speech was organised among a series of talks that the administration is holding during the run-up to presidential elections next May. The factional feud has forced the state officials to disclose facts that they would normally hide from the public eye. In 2009 such disclosures raised public awareness that led to the uprisings after the mock election.