Gathered by the thousands at Calgary city hall, Iranian-Canadians protested the killing of Masha Amini at the hands of Iran’s morality police.
They joined in a worldwide protest against Iran’s Islamic Republic regime on Saturday.
The protests were sparked by the death of Amini after she was arrested and beaten by the regime’s morality police for not complying with that country’s hijab rules.
Protests have continued in that nation since Sept. 16. Multiple protesters have been arrested and killed by the regime’s police forces during the protests for the past 15 days which have drawn tens of thousands to the streets.
“We are here to support the Iranian people right now in the warzone against the Iranian regime,” said Eghbal Kayadan, organizer for the Calgary protest.
“We are here living in a peaceful country, so we are looking for a peaceful country for Iranian people, too.”
Approximately 2,500 protesters filled the civic square in front of City Hall for the protest.
Calls for regime change
During the afternoon there were chants of against the Iran’s leader Ali Khamenei, alongside the Iranian regime. Many of the protesters called for a regime change, and the support of the Canadian government to make that happen.
“They need to support people in Iran, and we want sanctions against the [Islamic Revolutionary Guard] in Iran,” said Ellie Sobhanzadeh.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, issued a statement on Sept. 23 condemning the detention and death of Amini.
“Her death was a direct result of the systemic and continued harassment and repression of women by Iran,” Joly said.
“Women’s rights are human rights. We salute the courage of the Iranian women who are peacefully protesting and we join them in sending the regime a very clear message: They must end all forms of persecution and violence against women.”
Prime Minister Trudeau has said previously that the government will add additional sanctions against the regime, including individuals and organizations, and the morality police, to the Canadian Government’s already existing sanctions against Iran.