Protesters calling for the end of the Iranian-regime and the restoration of human rights in that country lined Macleod Trail on Saturday afternoon.
Around 100 protesters, largely from Calgary’s Iranian-Canadian community, gathered in support of protests that have been occurring in that nation for the past 45 days. It follows previous anti-regime protests that have occurred at City Hall since the beginning of October.
Protesters in Iran have been battling the regime’s forces, following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was killed by Iran’s morality police.
“We are here together in this cold weather to support the people in Iran right now,” said Eghbal Kayadan, protest organizer.
Protesters held photos of Amini, alongside dissident rapper Toomaj Salehi, and human rights activist Hoosein Ronagi, who were among the latest Iranians arrested by the regime.
Other protesters held signs with the victims of Ukraine International Airlines flight 752, which was shot down by the regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps shortly after takeoff, in January of 2020.
Kayadan said that the now-internationally used phrase of “women life freedom” continues to be a special phrase for the protesters.
“The Iranian women right now in the front line, the revolution is happening within their hands,” he said.
“That’s why we Canadians, we would like to support women’s freedoms in the whole world—especially in Iran—and human rights for Iran.”
Additional sanctions added by Canadian Government on Halloween
The Canadian Government applied additional sanctions against the members of Iran’s regime on October 31.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly said that Canada would continue to support the Iranian people through the implementation of sanctions.
“The Iranian people, including women and youths, are risking their lives because they have endured for far too long a regime that has repressed and violated their humanity,” Joly said.
“They are demanding that their human rights be respected, and it is our duty to echo and amplify their voices.”
Among the regime forces added in the latest round of sanctions were members of Iran’s law enforcement, Al-Mustafa International University which the GOC said funnels students into the regime’s Qods Force, Hossein Rahimi, Police Commander of Tehran, Ahmad Fazelian, Deputy Attorney General, Asadollah Jafari, Head of the Judicial Administration in North Khorasan Province, and Seyed Morteza Mousavi, Deputy Head of the Judicial Administration in Mazandaran Province.
Under the Special Economic Measures Regulations, the assets these individuals hold in Canada are frozen. It prohibits any business being done with these individuals, and makes them inadmissible to enter Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection act.
“We are thanking the government, especially Mr. Trudeau, for sanctions against the 10,000 people who are being supported by [Iran’s] government,” said Kayadan.
“We need more sanctions for the whole army… we want sanctions against the whole organization, because this organization they are in Syria, they are in Iraq, and they terrorize people.
“So these people are dangerous for the whole Middle East, and especially for Iranian people in Iran right now.”
Kayadan said that for Calgarians looking to get more information on upcoming protests, they’ve set up an Instagram page at www.instagram.com/iraniancalgary.