Stop Iran Now/Free Iran Now
September 18, 2023
Iranians in Canada came together in gatherings nationwide on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the death of Mahsa Amini.
The events, held in multiple cities such as Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, witnessed the participation of three Canadian ministers, highlighting their solidarity with the Iranian community and their support for human rights.
The Canadian foreign minister, Melanie Joly, participated in a demonstration in Montreal and expressed "unwavering support" for the "Women's Movement in Iran" through a tweet. "We will continue to sanction even the most senior leaders of the Iranian regime and work to recognize the regime for what it is— one that spreads terror," she said.
As of this weekend, Canada has sanctioned 176 Iranian individuals and 192 Iranian entities, including the IRGC and key members of the regime’s security, intelligence and economic apparatuses. Since October 2022, Canada has sanctioned 31 entities and 135 individuals.
Accompanying the Iranian community, Jenna Sudds, Minister of Family, Children, and Social Development, and Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship of Canada, also joined gatherings in Ottawa, where they delivered speeches to show their solidarity.
There are over 200,000 Iranian-born Canadians in the country, a large number of those emigrating since 2011.