HuffPost Op-Ed: Protests in Iran Are Just Like Women in US Protesting Trump's 'Oppressive' Regime

| DEC 31, 2017 | 4:52 PM

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As protests are surging in Iran once again, certain people have drawn parallels to the women protesting for their rights and women protesting President Donald Trump in the U.S.

For example, Alex Mohajer‏ wrote an op-ed in HuffPost where he claimed how women protesting in Iran shortly after the revolution in 1979 is very similar to the Women's March that took place a day after Trump was inaugurated.

He writes:

Faced now with the undoing of seventy years of hard-fought advancements for women, a concerned citizenry found themselves marching in the Capitol. “Freedom is universal,”they chanted, while others carried home-made signs and banners reading variations of “we will not go backwards!” No, this is not the story of the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. The time: 1979. The place: Iran. The new leader: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

“A popular slogan that emerged from the Iranian grassroots movement of 1979 was 'we did not make a revolution to go backwards,' a refrain reminiscent of one heard at the Women’s March on D.C,” he continues. “Of course, Donald Trump and the conservative media would have you believe his election was the revolution, but the will of the electorate was not responsible for his rise to power.”

Mohajer points to how people regret not voting against Trump and how people thought the new Iranian government couldn't enact such strict rules against women:

”I regret not voting, I never thought Donald Trump would win. I would have voted for Hillary Clinton, but I didn’t. I thought she would win the White House,” said 31-year-old David from New Jersey to the Guardian last November.

Similarly, Iranians “did not believe for a second that the hijab would become compulsory in Iran,” Matin said, pointing to Iran’s fractured left wing as reason for the Ayatollah’s relatively swift rise to power.

Mohajer is not the only one trying to draw comparisons to the Iran regime and the Trump administration. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) used arguments usually reserved for Trump and pinned it on Iran's leaders as well in a tweet directed at the president.

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