From a vibrant, cultured and beautiful country, to a restricting and oppressive rule, Iran’s drastic changes make it hard to believe it was once a paradise. Hype Galore gathered rare images of a time when Iran flourished, a time most people have no idea existed.
Before the Islamic revolution of 1979, Iran looked a whole lot different than it does today. It was run by the Shah whose dictatorship-styled ruling restricted political freedoms but at the same time encouraged Iranians to take on a bit of secular modernization. So there was room for a bit of cultural influence. Today the country and the people in it are completely unrecognizable.
1. PRE-Islamic Revolution: Woman Protest for Their Rights
Before Iran implemented new strict rules, the women went out on the streets to protest. People knew a big change was coming and did all they could to try and secure their rights and freedoms. These women bravely stand up for themselves and voice their opinion. Back then, Iran was a place for political expression, even if these expressions were controversial.
2. POST-Islamic Revolution: Woman Protest in Favor of Strict Rule
A lot of people speculate about women protesting for strict rules. While some women do favor the new laws, others do not. With pictures of these many people showing their support, it seems as if citizens are happy about Iran’s changes. However, word got out that the Iranian government busses in women and pays them to protest in favor of new laws. It’s not clear if this is a rumor or if the Iranian government actually does this.