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Iranian Workers Say They're Hungry

"We the workers of Parsilon are hungry."
"We the workers of Parsilon are hungry."
"We the workers of Parsilon [a factory] are hungry" read a banner at a gathering during President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's March 1 speech in Khoramabad.

The banner was a direct challenge to Ahmadinejad and his recent claim that "Iran is among the few countries in the world where no one goes to bed hungry."

He made similar comments during a 2009 press conference. Ahmadinejad said that when the revolution ousted the shah's regime, 95 percent of Iranians lived in absolute poverty. He added that today there were no poor in Iran that are in need of food.

According to the head of Iran's Statistics Center, Adel Azar, about 40 million Iranians live in poverty including 10 million who live in absolute poverty line and some 30 million under relative poverty line.
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by: Mehrdad from: Tehran
March 12, 2011 23:02
Here is the true story of this sign. This wasn't at a demonstration, but at the gathering where Ahmadinejad was giving a speech. The Parsilon factory of Khorram Abad which is a private company has had management and labor dispute on and off. The workers with that sign are asking Ahamdinejad to help them in their dispute with the management of the company.

The reference to hunger in the sign is a play on the theme of Ahmadinejad's speeches that he is going to wipe out hunger in Iran, and that no one should go hungry. Not that the workers in that gathering are actually haven't had their lunch and want to be given a sandwich.

The Iranian government has done a good job of reducing the relative poverty in Iran to below 8%. When Ahmadinejad in his speeches says he wants no one to go hungry, he obviously knows there are people going hungry somewhere in Iran, but they are not in Khorram Abad, but mostly in Sistan and Baluchestan and the Iranian government is trying to help and develop the area. You just have to read the public documents in Iran.

But, what a nonsense hack job on news this article is. It goes further than and reminds one of the soviet era propaganda showing a few homeless people in the streets in the US and saying how terrible US is where everyone is homeless.

by: Ardeshir from: Tabriz, Iran
March 15, 2011 04:02
Hunger …. I just saw this article on your web site as well.

http://www.rferl.org/content/azerbaijan_food_prices_rise_iran_border/2337812.html

The real world contradicting the made up story here, and you don't have to go far to disprove this story.

by: Thomas from: Vancouver
March 19, 2011 03:08
May I congratulate the Iranian government on their apparently coordinated monitoring and working of the Web 2.0 sphere to try influence the public opinion.

I'm sure the posters above are one and the same person, both sentences have the same tone and not a single spelling error. Well done, the junk-o-logic is also great, not to mention subtle.

Whether somebody who reads this website will actually be persuaded to think Iran is anything more but a brutal fundamentalist dictatorship is a different question.

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