Talking to a relative who lives in a small town somewhere in Iran, I was informed about how much the locals have grown to hate Ahmadinejad and the rest of the government. I was told this new move could be a way of punishing ordinary people who took to the streets in 2009 to protest the rigged presidential elections. This relative of mine was telling me how people feel betrayed by the very man who had promised every one wealth, prosperity and food. I was told about the presence of police forces around financial center of the town to deal with any possible protests or tension that might arise from the economic overhaul that the regime has begun to implement.
The recent cuts to subsidies have created an atmosphere of bitterness and resentment (that existed before but now it is multiplied) towards the ruling theocrats among those who support the regime and those who have always opposed it. Personally, I see this as a positive sign. Those who support the regime mostly live in small towns and villages while urban centers and major cities are where opposition and reform minded people tend to live. This new economic overhaul plan to cut subsidies will turn the once pro-Ahmadinejad crowds to anti-regime, pro-change individuals as the situation get worse every day.
The leaders of the 'green movement' has also slammed the current government for implementing these drastic measures:
- "The country is faced with severe international sanctions, the economy is stagnating, unemployment of higher than 30 percent has spread across the country, and inflation is running wild"