An Iranian photographer who clicked an image during a series of protests in her country, spoke up after that image was shared by US President Donald Trump in a politicised tweet. Speaking to RT.com, the photojournalist, Yalda Moayeri, said that she did not want her photo to become a tool in the hands of the US government. The 37-year-old criticised Trump for using her own work to justify his political motivations towards Iran.
Moayeri told RT that Trump’s policies caused a lot of sorrow among many in Iran, including herself since a part of her family resides in America. "My family is in the US and we haven't seen each other for four years because of the travel ban, and it felt like my family was in a prison because we could not visit each other in another country," she said, referring to the travel ban imposed by Trump administration on a number of Muslim countries including Iran. The publication reported that many Iranians living in the US are afraid to leave the country since they’re afraid that they’ll not be allowed to return.
In a post shared on Instagram, Moayeri said that “It would be a great honour 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."
According to Newsweek, Trump made use of the protests to further his own political agendas, appealing to the demonstrators at a time when the country faced severe inflation and unemployment problems.