Iranian Air Force veterans stage a protest

MOSCOW (Agencies): A group of pensioners and veterans of the Iranian Air Force on Tuesday staged a demonstration in front of the parliament building, they tried to draw the attention of the deputies to delays in the payment of pensions, ISNA reports .

According to Iranian media, several thousand people participated in the demonstration. A similar demonstration took place in front of the buildings of the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development and the Organization of Planning and Budgeting.

“This morning, a group of veteran pilots and pensioners staged a demonstration in front of the parliament building. The demonstrators complained that their pensions are being paid late,” the agency said in a statement.

Delays in the payment of pensions and salaries to the Iranian population are caused by the difficult financial situation due to US sanctions on oil exports, as well as corruption at all levels of government in the country. In addition, there is an increase in the money supply in Iran, which has led to an increase in inflation and prices.

The salaries and pensions of citizens remain the same, according to the indicators of a number of state-owned media, they are even decreasing.

The financial situation of the population has also deteriorated due to the epidemiological situation caused by the spread of COVID-19.

President Rouhani apologizes for recent blackouts: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani apologized Iranian people for the recent blackouts in Iran and called on Ministry of Energy to elaborate on the issue.

Addressing the ceremony to unveil 62 projects in free trade and special economic zones, President Rouhani said that the Ministry of Energy is not guilty but the minister should elaborate on the issue and inform the people.

He noted that every year about 2500 MW has been added to the capacity of electricity production.

He also stressed the importance of electricity in time of COVID-19 pandemic and when people are in hospitals.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Rouhani said that after completing the railway network in southeast Iran, Chabahar will be connected to the Caspian Sea, Turkmenistan, Inche Boroon, and Astara.

He stressed that connecting Khorramshahr-Basra Railway will be a priority for the next government, adding that the agreements have been made with Iraq in this regard.

This railway will be very important since it connects Iran to Iraq meaning that the Persian Gulf will be connected to the Mediterranean Sea.

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