On June 30, 2022 in Ottawa, Canada, Hooman, an Iranian ex-Muslim, warned Canadians that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s left-wing government is implementing the same freedom-crushing policies and rhetoric as the Islamo-fascist country he escaped.
In an exclusive interview with RAIR Foundation USA, Hooman discussed taking part in Iran’s massive 2009 Green Movement protests, in which citizens believed the government had conducted a fraudulent election. Hooman thought he would live free in Canada after escaping the oppressive and violent Iranian government. However, he said, “I was wrong.”
Election fraud happened in 2009. Everybody knew that this guy, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was not elected, everybody kind of knew. The streets were filled with people, millions of millions of people, and even it was just obvious that they stole the election.
People were out protesting in silence. We were silent, silently protesting, no slogans, no shouting nothing. Just walking. 4 million people, almost 4 million people in the streets of Iran. And after, after it finished – they started shooting people, shooting directly at people. I saw people get shot in front of me, and behind me. I was like, if I survive from this, I’m gonna get out. I survived. I got out to come here to live free. But I was wrong.
Similarities Between Iran and Canada
Hooman explained that he left Iran because he was fed up with the government telling him what he could or could not do in his bedroom. However, now in Canada, the government is also regulating people’s private and personal lives. Furthermore, he points out that he can no longer express himself freely. Concluding he felt freer in Iran than in Canada:
We’ve seen here the Federal government of Canada, they say how many people you’re allowed to have in your household? How many people you can have in your bedroom because of COVID? Is that just even same movie happening to me all over again.
When you say to people what they’re allowed, or what they’re not allowed to wear …These are the exact same stuff that I thought I left behind. I thought I am free to wear whatever I want to wear. I thought I could speak freely, you cannot speak freely at all. There is no freedom of speech at all, at all. I cannot express myself freely.
I think I had kind of more freedom back in Iran. Seriously, I’m not joking.
“I thought I escaped Fascism, but Fascism is right here in Canada,” explains Hummon. The Iranian dissident pointed out that his biggest fears have come true in Canada. The government controls the institutions and cooperations while suppressing all dissenting opinions.
When asked about the connection between Fascism and Islam, Hummon explains that they go hand and hand and are more dangerous and effective when combined. He explains that in school, children are brainwashed from age seven to despise the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel:
I used to be brainwashed, you know, in the school from age seven. We used to go to the backyard of the school every single day line up. and say Death to U.S., Death to UK, Death to Israel, three times a day.
Through education and studying the Qur’an, Hummom came to reject Islam and its dangerous and hateful philosophy. The ex-Muslim pointed out that hate speech laws in Canada are even worse than Islamic blasphemy laws in Iran. As an example, he pointed to the inability to critique the trans population: