Monday saw the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution which turned the Middle Eastern country into the Islamic Republic when the Shah of Iran was overthrown. While many Iranians are at peace with the regime, U.S. President Donald Trump has made it clear that he is not.
To commemorate the occasion, Trump took to Twitter with a scathing message which he shared in both Persian and English for the benefit of both audiences, the Inquisitr previously reported.
Along with the message, which condemned “40 Years of Failure,” the president also shared an image. The photo, that of a woman using her headscarf to cover her face while walking through a cloud of smoke as she participates in a protest in late 2017, was captured by photojournalist Yalda Moayeri.
Angered by Trump’s misrepresentation of the photo, Moayeri took to her Instagram account to share the original image alongside Trump’s tweeted image to share her thoughts on what the president has done by using it, according to Newsweek.
“It would be a great honor for me if this image would be a symbol of freedom everywhere in the world. But having president Trump use it without my permission in a tweet in Persian even is a great shame for me and causes me deep sorrow,” she wrote as part of the lengthy caption.
“This photo is taken by the Iranian people and for the people of Iran and should not be abused by anyone else.”
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My name is Yalda Moayeri, I’m 37 years old and I am a photojournalist from Iran. I am also the photographer of this photo. I took this picture a year ago during demonstrations around Tehran University. The circumstances were very difficult. I wasn’t able to reveal my identity for six months because I thought that being known as the photographer I might get me into trouble. But I came out as it’s important to show the situation in Iran in a clear and transparent manner. It would be a great honor for me if this image would be a symbol of freedom everywhere in the world. But having president Trump use it without my permission in a tweet in Persian even is a great shame for me and causes me deep sorrow. Because of his policies I, my family and my friends are forced to live under sanctions that are devastating our lives. Our currency lost 70 percent of its value. We all became poor. Even if I could go to America financially (I cannot) to visit my dad, I wouldn’t be able to go, as he has imposed a travel ban on the Iranians he says he cares so deeply for. This image shows my people and is for my people, and shouldnt be abused by this Mens in Washington. من يلدا معيري عكاس اين عكس هستم. اين عكس را يكسال پيش در روز ٩ دي ماه در جريان اعتراضات مردمي در دانشگاه تهران گرفتم و بخاطر ترس از دستگيري و مشكلات امنيتي كه ممكن بود براي خودم و خانواده ام پيش بيايد ٦ ماه هويت عكاس را مخفي نگاه داشتم.اين عكس در مقياس بسيار وسيعي در مطبوعات و رسانه هاي جهان منتشر شد و تبديل به نمادي از آزادگي و حريت در جهان شد كه طبعا براي من باعث بسي افتخار است.اما به عنوان يك ايراني كه هر روز و هر روز بيشتر از تحريمهاي ايالات متحده آسيب مي بيند، بخاطر تفاوت قيمت ارز و پول ملي قادر به مسافرت به كشورهاي همسايه هم نيست و به دليل قانون منع مسافرت آقاي ترامپ سالهاست از ديدار پدر و مادرش محروم مانده است، ديدن اين عكس در پشت توييت آقاي ترامپ و مصاحبه مطبوعاتي آقاي پمپئو و هر سياستمدار آمريكايي بزرگي ،شرمندگي زيادي به همراه دارد. اين عكس از مردم ايران و براي مردم ايران گرفته شده است و نبايد توسط هيچ كس ديگري مورد سواستفاده قرار بگيرد. #sanctions #Iran#donaldtrump #unitedstates #demonstration #tehranuniversity #freedom #abused
Moayeri has been working as a photojournalist since she was just 19, using her skills to share with the world images of the horrific wars that have engulfed parts of the Middle East for years. Because of concerns for her safety, she had previously avoided naming herself as the photographer of the photo Trump used.
Those same protests were capitalized on by the U.S., with attempts to appeal directly to those protesting around the university in Tehran. It was around the same time it became apparent that Trump would likely pull the U.S. out of the Iran deal and slap sanctions back onto the country, causing further concern about the country’s economy and the political situation.
When the exit did happen in May 2018, part of those sanctions included travel bans on Iranians. According to Moayeri, those bans mean she cannot visit her father, who lives in the U.S., and is only serving to harm the people.
There have long been concerns that the official policy in the U.S. is to force regime change in Iran, although the administration has strongly denied this on numerous occasion.